My name is Janette Valtierra. I am a Science teacher at Central High School. I am originally from Los Angeles, California but our family moved to Phoenix, AZ for better opportunities. That being said, I am a proud graduate from Central High School, Go Bobcats! Afterward, I graduated from Phoenix College and received my associates degree. I then transferred to Arizona State University where I received my Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education-Earth and Space Science.
My hobbies are spending time with family and friends, hiking, gardening, comic illustration, reading, movie going, baseball and weight lifting. I love my life! I love teaching! This is not a JOB for me, it's who I am. I do not expect that same love and enthusiasm for learning from my kids. I do however, expect my students to respect out shared space, the work I prepare for them and respect themselves by following and honoring our class expectations. This will ensure the best possible learning environment for all my students.
About my Classes
Integrated Science is a lab science class offered to our freshmen students. We, cover the basics of topics like Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Sustainability. Our goal as a class is to understand how energy and matter interacts and transfers throughout our planet. We need to understand what energy is, how do we measure, graph and calculate it. Then we look at what matter is and how it behaves when energy interacts with it. Thirdly we take matter and energy and gain a deeper understanding as to how it moves through the known natural world. Finally, we see the cause and effects of how energy is consumed in modern day society.
Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES)
College Board's AP Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit. This course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.
The AP environmental Science course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, chemistry and geography. Students will be spending a minimum of 25% of instructional time engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based lab/field investigations.
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