Science

Welcome to the Science Department!

Department Chair: Brian Patterson

Graduation Requirements

  • 3 Science Credits
  • You must successfully complete the three core classes of Earth Systems, Living Systems, and Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC) to meet the graduation requirements. After that, please consider completing one of the other fun courses.
  • PASS NGSS Living Systems Exam

 

Classes Offered

  • 9th Grade -Earth Systems
  • 10th Grade -Living Systems
  • 11th Grade -Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Forensic Science

 

Message From the Department/ DC

The Woodlawn Science Department has been busy planning for lots of engaging real-world learning this year. Students should expect to think critically, work collaboratively, and solve real problems in their science courses.

Meet our Department Members Below!

Patterson

Name

Brian Patterson

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

PLTW Biomedical Innovation

PLTW Human Body Systems

College(s) Attended

University of Maryland Baltimore County [UMBC] (BA)

UMBC (MAT)

Johns Hopkins University (MS)

Hometown

Bowie, Maryland

Bio: My name is Mr. Patterson and I am the Science Department Chair. I have been at Woodlawn for 13 years. During this time, I have taught Biology, ESOL Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, PLTW Human Body Systems and PLTW Biomedical Innovation. In addition to teaching, I am an advisor with the STEAM Club, with Ms. Caputo, and am in the process of building a Makerspace at WHS.  

 

When I am not teaching, I am usually hanging out with my wife and three kids. I love to spend time outside, exercise, build things, read, and watch movies in my spare time.

 



Behneman

Name

Dana Behneman

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Living Systems

PLTW Medical Interventions

College(s) Attended

Purdue University (BS)

Johns Hopkins University (MHS)

Johns Hopkins University (PhD)

Hometown

Annapolis, MD

Bio: My name is Dr. B and I am in the science department. The 2020-21 school year will be my third year at WHS. At home, I have an 18-year old black cat named Vida and a 4-year old Min-Pin Chihuahua rescue mix named Spoetzl.  When I’m not teaching, I enjoy going to see my brother’s punk rock band play and grilling burgers at my sister’s house - I love cheeseburgers! - I get one from McDonald’s every day after school, except for Fridays when I get Wendy’s instead.



Bernardelli

Name

Chad Bernardelli

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Earth Systems (Standard)

Earth Systems (GT)

AP Environmental Science

College(s) Attended

Towson University (BS)

Concordia University of Nebraska (MS)

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

Bio: My name is Mr. Bernardelli and I am in the science department at Woodlawn High School. This will be my 7th year teaching at WHS. I have been part of the BCPS system since I was in kindergarten, having earned my diploma from Eastern Technical High School in 2000. I love to talk about environmental issues in and outside of the classroom, but also love music (I play bass and guitar) and travelling/learning about different cultures and languages.


Bryan

Name

Kalyn Bryan

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

College(s) Attended

Delaware Valley University

Hometown

Southampton, New Jersey

Bio: Hello Everyone! My name is Ms. Bryan (soon to be Mrs. Stout Jr.!), and I am in the Science Department. I have been at Woodlawn High School since May 24th, 2021 and have been loving every minute of it. I will be one of the Coaches for the Winter and Spring Track Team.

 

When I am not teaching I love spending time with my animals (2 dogs, 2 miniature horses, a donkey, a pony, 2 aquatic turtles, and fish), being outdoors and working out. I was a Track thrower in high school so I am super excited to be coaching this year. I am also a huge Disney fan. I love going there as much as I can and actually got engaged down there! I have a bachelors degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Studies. I am currently working on my Masters at Stevenson University!

 



Demiral 

Name

Emilia Zheng

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

College(s) Attended

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BS)

Goucher College (MS)

Hometown

Glen Burnie, MD

Bio: My name is Mrs. Zheng and I am in the science department. I went to Anne Arundel Community College for 2 years, and then I transferred to University of Maryland, Baltimore County to finish a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. I started at Goucher College last year and I`m currently working on a master’s degree in teaching. I started at Woodlawn High School last year, and this year will be my second year teaching. I have 2 cats, Sophie and Puddin, and I also like to bake and explore local parks.  



Fuller

Name

David Fuller

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Earth Systems

College(s) Attended

Wayne State University (BS)

Oakland University (MS)

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Bio: My name is Mr. Fuller and I am a Special Education Teacher in the Science Department. I am returning to WHS after being in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public School systems for nine years. I live in Baltimore County with my wife, three children, and two cats (Sarabi and Rocket). When I am not teaching, I enjoy listening to music!



Hiles

Name

Ms. Hiles (Quisgard)

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Earth Systems

Anatomy & Physiology

Biology

College(s) Attended

CCBC Teaching Certificate

Frostburg State University BS

Concordia University of Nebraska MED

Hometown

Navy Brat: Everywhere and Nowhere

Bio: My name is Summer Hiles (Quisgard), I teach in the science department. I have taught Earth Systems, Biology and Anatomy and Physiology at Woodlawn High School for 5 years. Prior to Woodlawn, I was employed by the Institute of Notre as a science/PE teacher, Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director. I am currently the cosponsor of Class of 2022 and the Environmental Club.  

I love the outdoors and cheering on both my boys and my Woodlawn students. I also love playing and watching soccer! Fun fact, I grew up in a Navy household and have moved around most of my life. The most unique place I lived was Lajes, Azores.



Ord

Name

Mrs. Maureen Ord

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Earth Systems Science

Honors Forensic Science

College(s) Attended

Creighton University (BS) 2000

University of Nebraska at Omaha (MS) 2011

Hometown

Omaha, Nebraska

Bio: My name is Mrs. Ord and I teach Earth Systems Science and Honors Forensic Science. This will be my 2nd year teaching at Woodlawn.

My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this summer and we share our home with 1 cat, 2 dogs, 1 box turtle, and various fish. We enjoy going on hikes on the various trails in and around Baltimore County. An interesting fact about me is that I have lived in all four time zones in the mainland US (San Francisco, CA – Medora, ND – Omaha, NE – Baltimore, MD). One of my hobbies is mysteries and crime. I’m always reading a novel, listening to a podcast, or chatting about crime online.



Rajamani

Name

Asha Rajamani

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Living Systems

PLTW-PBS

College(s) Attended

Madras University (BS)- Biochemistry

Madras University (MS)- Bio-Medical Genetics

Towson University (MAT)- Teaching

Hometown

Ellicott City, MD

Bio: My name is Mrs. Asha Rajamani and I am in the science department working in Woodlawn for the past 12 years. I coach Badminton in Fall and Tennis in spring. If you are willing to be a part of the Woodlawn Athletic team, I will be glad to help you.  

 

When I am not teaching, I travel a lot. I love spending time with family in India. I Also, enjoy being close to nature because it makes me feel connected to the world.

 

Follow my twitter account: https://twitter.com/ashapraks



Ross

Name

Elissa Ross

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Earth Systems (current)

AP Biology

Living System

PLTW: Biomedical Innovations

College(s) Attended

Howard University (BS)

Loyola University Maryland (MS)

Hometown

Pamplico, South Carolina

Bio: My name is Mrs. Elissa Ross, this is my 1st year teaching at Woodlawn High School. I am excited about being a part of the Warrior team.  This year marks my 22nd year as a science educator. In my leisure, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends.  I also love playing games, gardening, and watching sci- fi movies. I also find joy in visiting museums and historic sites.

 

I am excited about this school year and expect great things!



Sales

Name

Bob Sales

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Forensic Science

College(s) Attended

UMBC (BS)

Johns Hopkins University (MS)

Hometown

Cockeysville, Maryland

Bio: My name is Mr. Sales and I am in the science department.  This will be my 11th year at WHS. I am a BCPS Alum, graduating from Dulaney High School in 1987.  I love hanging out with my wife, three children, and my dog. My dog is named James, he’s a labradoodle.    

I coach my youngest son in soccer, and love biking, hiking, skiing, and going to sporting events.  I also enjoy playing video games and napping. 



Singleton

Name

Chanemia Singleton

Email

[email protected]

Classes Taught

Living Systems/Biology

Honors Living Systems/Biology

College(s) Attended

University at Albany, SUNY (BS & MS)

City College, CUNY (MA)

New York Chiropractic College (DC)

Hometown

New York, New York

Bio: My name is Dr. Singleton and I am in the science department. This is my third year at WHS. I taught in the South Bronx for six years and in Anne Arundel County for five years prior to coming to Woodlawn. I worked as a Chiropractor in NYC for several year before deciding to pursue teaching.

 

When I’m not at Woodlawn, I spend my time with my husband, my twin 12-year-old boys and my three year old son, all while managing my own business. Who needs sleep😊

 


SPARC Teacher: Ms. Wiessner (See SPARC Page)