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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

bpatterson@bcps.org

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

dbehneman@bcps.org

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

cbernardelli@bcps.org

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.



Demiral 

Name

Menekse Demiral

Email

mdemiral@bcps.org

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 Ms. M 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

dfuller@bcps.org

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

squisgard@bcps.org

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.



Knauth

Name

Dr. David Knauth

Email

dknauth@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

College(s) Attended

State University College at New Paltz (BA Mathematics

BS Physics)

University of Toledo (MS Physics

PhD Physics)

Johns Hopkins University (MS Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Hometown

Kingston, NY

Bio: My name is Dr. Knauth and I am in the science department.  This is my 10thyear at Woodlawn High School. I am the Robotics Club advisor and technology liaison.  I currently teaching Integrated Physics and Chemistry.  In previous years, I have taught Physics (std, honors, GT, and AP), Astronomy, Concepts of Physical Science, Earth and Space Science and PLTW: Engineering Design and Development and Digital Electronics.

Hobbies. I like to run, read, play chess, hike, kayak and spend time with my family and friends.



Ord

Name

Mrs. Maureen Ord

Email

mord@bcps.org

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

arajamani@bcps.org

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

eross@bcps.org

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

rsales@bcps.org

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

csingleton3@bcps.org

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. Reid (See SPARC Page)