Science

Department Chair
Daun Biewenga
847.692.8156

Department Assistant
Karen Burke
847.692.8154

Faculty Members


Name Course
Heidi Bowbin Chemistry 102, Crime Science
Amy Capps Transitional Biology, Biology Accelerated
Jim Depies AP Physics 1, Physics 102
Jeff Downing AP Physics 1, Physics 102
Tom Egan EMP, Space Science
Dave Fermanich AP Biology, Human Body Science
Jennifer Galgan Physics 102, Human Body Science
Sarah Gaubatz Biology
Betsy Godwin Transitional Biology, Biology
Marianne Gonzalez Transitional Biology, Biology
Lauren Hawkins Teaching Assistant
Howard Knodle Biology,  Human Impact
Christine Kochou Earth Systems Science, AP Environmental Science
Monika Langdon EMC, Chemistry Accelerated
Alexis Liakakos Biology Accelerated
Jack Marino Physics 102, AP Physics C
Bart Masellis Geology Accelerated
Devin McCloskey Physics 102, Chemistry 102
Melinda Nees Chemistry 102, Crime Science
Greg Nordahl Chemistry Accelerated, AP Chemistry
Kendra O’Halloran Chemistry Accelerated, AP Chemistry
Kay Orosz Principles of Engineering Accelerated, AP Physics 1, Biotechnical Engineering Accelerated
Andrew Pisanko Science Academic Support Center
Sara Sagmeister Biology, AP Biology
Chris Sayre Chemistry 102
Donna Schwan Biology
Doug Walter AP Environmental Science, Earth Systems Science

Department Information
Science classes emphasize asking students to learn new information, make hypotheses based on what they have learned, and then, methodically gather information to test those hypothesis. Whether or not students pursue a science career, scientific literacy is important for all citizens in the modern world. With the opportunity to learn about many different specific areas of science, students can learn and apply scientific thinking across the different core disciplines of science. Additionally, there are a number of courses that offer college credit as part of successful course completion through both Advanced Placement tests as well as through dual-credit with Oakton Community College. From the freshman biology through the advanced placement science courses, students have the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers in well-equipped laboratories. Safety awareness is stressed in all of our science courses.

Resources for Science Students

Peer Tutoring – Students who need extra help in Science classes can receive help from Peer Tutors. On the Science Peer Tutoring website, you will find a list of student volunteers listed by course who can help you with homework, study for an upcoming test, or review previously learned material. You can also find some recommended resources and websites that may help you.  

Science Student Resources – You can learn about opportunities for high school science students in addition to the course offerings here at Maine South. Information about local and national science-related events, contests, scholarships, and summer camps are all posted here.

Science Clubs and Activities

Ecology Club – Are you interested in nature and want to help improve our environment? Please see Mr. Howard Knodle or Mr. Doug Walter about joining this club, which meets regularly after school all year long.

Engineering Club – Students in Engineering Club choose projects in areas that they would like to explore such as robotics, bridge-building, and the design of how things work.  The club participates in local contests and events, and also does career exploration activities in fields related to engineering.   See Ms. Kay Orosz in room V123 before school for details about how you can join this club and participate.

Science National Honor Society – Students may apply to this prestigious society in their junior or senior year.  Throughout the year, members participate in various activities and events to promote science in the community, enhance their own science learning, and have fun with other students who enjoy science and see it as a potential field to study in the future.  See Ms. Chris Sayre for more details and an application.

Science Olympiad – Students on the Science Olympiad Team compete against other schools in a variety of events that cover all areas of science. Please  contact Ms. Kay Orosz or Mr. Andrew Pisanko for details on how you can join this team and represent our school. You can also see the national Science Olympiad Website for further details about the competition and organization.