Science Spotlight

Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Head: Tracy Strange

My name is Tracy Strange. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston in 1989 and a Master of Arts in Science Education from the University of South Carolina in 1992. After moving to Georgia in 1992 I taught at Sprayberry High School for 4 years. Realizing that the REAL Black and Gold is in The Flat I came to Sequoyah in 1996. I was named Department Chair in 2002. I am in my 25th year and enjoy teaching Honors and on-level Human Anatomy and Physiology. Contact me at tracy.strange@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Courses Offered


Accolades

Sequoyah students consistently score above the national average on the Science portion of the ACT.

Brian Carnes is the county 2016-17 teacher of the year.

AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science test scores are consistently at or above the national average.

Brian Carnes

My name is Brian Carnes and I teach Honors and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Sequoyah. I hold a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Georgia, an M. S. in Quality Systems Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, and Educator certification from the University of Georgia. I have taught at Sequoyah since 2004. I worked for fifteen years in the poultry and food industry before making a career change to become a teacher. Throughout my career, I have taught Special Education, Biology, Physical Science, and Chemistry. I am proud of the chemistry program and world-class teaching laboratory that we have been able to build here at Sequoyah. I am a native of Cherokee County. My wife Pam and I have two daughters, Sarah (23) and Rebekah (17). I look forward to working with your student. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at brian.carnes@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is DeAnda Cavallaro and I have been teaching for 22 years. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and a Masters in Secondary Science Education. I am Board Field Science certified, which qualifies me to teach all science subjects. I have earned both gifted certification and AP certification via the College Board for both AP Physics I & II. I am excited about my recent College Board & ETS (Educational Testing Services) acceptance as an AP Physics Exam Reader. I have attended and continue to attend multiple workshops & seminars focusing on implementing Inquiry- Based lessons/laboratory activities. Additionally, I am a Teach21 teacher & MIE {Microsoft Innovative Educator} certified. I have taught extensively in Learning Focused schools & a Leonard Bernstein school, which implements Artful Learning. I also assist with Science Olympiad and am co-sponsor of the World Club. Contact me at deanda.cavallaro@cherokee.k12.ga.us

William Coyle

My name is William Coyle and I have taught Physical Science and Chemistry at Sequoyah High School since 2015. Before that, I worked as a Chemical Engineer in the food and chemical industries. I have a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.A.T. in Chemistry from Kennesaw State University. I grew up in the Philadelphia, PA area, but my family and I have happily settled in Atlanta. I am the head Boys Tennis coach for Sequoyah, and love to play tennis. The objectives I have for my students include mastering the concepts and the academic language in the curriculum, but also to become thoughtful responsible citizens and to hopefully foster interest to continue studying science. Contact me at william.coyle@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Davis, Haley

My name is Haley Davis and I teach Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology Education from Kennesaw State University. I am in the process of completing a Master’s degree in Secondary Science from Kennesaw State University. I will complete the program in May 2018. This is my third year teaching at SHS. I absolutely love kids and enjoy learning and teaching science, so that is when I decided this career was perfect for me. I am originally from Ellijay, Georgia, but I currently reside in Woodstock, Georgia. I recently got married to my sweet husband Thomas and we are in the process of completing our Master’s degrees and house hunting. I look forward to this year with your child, as we will be learning exciting scientific things! You can contact me at haley.davis@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Rosemary Kamau

My name is Rosemary Kamau. I teach Biology and Zoology at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold an MAT in Biology from Kennesaw State University and a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University. This is my second year teaching at SHS. I love science and enjoy helping students discover and pursue their love for science. In Biology, I incorporate hands-on activities and labs to facilitate student curiosity and understanding of life science. In Zoology, my students explore the animal kingdom during lecture, labs, dissections, and research. Every semester they design their own animal behavior lab, conduct the experiment, and present their data and conclusion in our end of the year Animals Behavior Symposium. I am married and my husband, Paul, and our two sons, Noah (6) and Jude (3) live in Kennesaw. You can contact me at rosemary.kamau@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Kevin Lowery

My name is Kevin Lowery and I am teaching physical science, physics, and AP physics at Sequoyah High School. My degree is in physics from Georgia State University with a concentration in education. I believe this uniquely qualifies me to be successful in a physics classroom. Math and physics concepts are crucial for science and engineering career paths. In my courses, students will learn through online laboratory activities, hands-on lab activities, and exercise problems that relate classroom physics to real-world scenarios. It is my hope to inspire students and make them more interested in science. You can contact me at kevin.lowery@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Janet Lynch and I am teaching Physical Science and Earth Systems at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a MED in Science and Social Studies from Brenau University and a BA in Education from Fairmont State University. This is my 14th year teaching and my 4th year at SHS. I grew up in West Virginia, but I now live in Holly Springs. I have three boys ages 22, 20, and 10. You can contact me at janet.lynch@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Maureen Miller

My name is Maureen Miller. I teach Chemistry and AP Biology at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold an MEd in Science Education from Georgia State University, a BS in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Utah and a BS in Biochemistry from Lehigh University. This is my 12th year teaching at Sequoyah. I became a teacher after working in medical laboratories and for the US Government in laboratory safety regulations. I became a teacher when my daughter said she hated science in school because it was not interesting. I love science, love teaching, and want to pass a passion and appreciation for scientific processes on to my students. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have also lived in Maryland, Utah, and Texas before settling here in Georgia. I have been married for 28 years to my college sweetheart (my physics tutor in college). We have a daughter and son, both alumni of SHS. I am also the faculty representative for Habitat for Humanity and proudly serve as an AP Reader for the AP Biology Exam. You can contact me at maureen.miller@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Ada Moulder and I teach Biology and Environmental Science at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a M.A.T. Degree in science education from Columbus State University and a B.S. in Biology from Reinhardt University. This is my 6th year teaching at Sequoyah. Prior to Sequoyah, I taught at a private school in Gwinnett Co. for three years. I have always had a love for science and I enjoy getting to share my passion each and every day with my students. I grew up in the Hickory Flat area and actually attended Sequoyah as a high school student as well. I absolutely love getting to teach in a place that I truly can call home. My husband Chris and I have a two-year-old son named Maddox. You can contact me at ada.moulder@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Yolanda Payton

My name is Yolanda Payton and I teach Physical Science and Chemistry at Sequoyah High school. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Chemistry from Kennesaw State University. I worked in engineering for a few years (specifically quality assurance and Lean Six Sigma) before transitioning into teaching. I am currently in my 2nd year of teaching. My goal is to teach students not only that science is applicable across many areas of their lives, but to also prepare them and teach them to be productive and responsible young adults. I can be reached at Yolanda.Payton@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Wendy Roberts

My name is Wendy Roberts, and I teach Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science at Sequoyah. I received both my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (1993) and my Master’s degree in Science Education (1996) from Armstrong State University. I also received a Ph.D. in Science Education from Georgia State University in 2004. I have been teaching at Sequoyah since 1999. I consider myself a perpetual student and continue to participate in workshops, classes, and trips that allow me the opportunity to do field research. Participating in informal learning opportunities allows me to provide deeper learning connections for students not only by experiencing field research firsthand but also by being able to interject personal anecdotes regarding the topic that we are discussing. I enjoy hiking and fishing as well as visiting our National Parks and Georgia State Parks. Contact me at wendy.roberts@cherokee.k12.ga.us