Julia Kohler, Science & PERSONAL FINANCE

Ms. Kohler was born and raised locally in the DMV, a Montgomery County native. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland with a major in Health Education Reform. This was an individually designed major incorporating classes from a plethora of majors including but not limited to Sociology, Education, Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition, and Kinesiology. She created a Tumblr blog for her capstone project on Holistic Health, titled Naturally-Active-Students which included ten different health related videos that she personally hosted and directed. Ms. Kohler continued to graduate school and received her masters in Education from Lesley University. Prior to working for GWCS, Ms. Kohler worked for Mad Science, a company that is dedicated to providing engaging, hands on science curriculum. In her free time, Ms. Kohler is a practicing yogi, plays chess, and writes creatively. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, roommates, and Corgi (Sammy) and Tabby (Oliver). Ms. Kohler is a lifelong philanthropist. She donated her hair twice to Kids With Hair Loss, and over the years has volunteered for organizations such as the Special Olympics, Icing Smiles, WE The Readers, and Hyattsville Aging In Place. Ms. Kohler loves to travel both locally and internationally. Internationally she has been to England, France, Colombia, and Costa Rica (she can’t wait for future exploration)! This year Ms. Kohler is teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, and Personal Finance. Ms. Kohler runs Coyote Café with the help from her Personal Finance class and is also the lead teacher for the Environmental Science Club.

COURSES TAUGHT

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the human body and major body systems, along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and develop competencies related to understanding the structure and function of the human body. Topics include anatomical terminology, biochemical composition of the human body, detailed analysis of major body systems including related organs and tissue and cell types, common diseases and preventive measures. Students will learn these topics through readings, lectures, video lessons, case studies, collaborative group work, independent research projects, and labs. Dissection of a fetal pig and/or a sheep’s brain will complement our course work. This course offers two corresponding field trips. For our first field trip we will watch a live surgery at a hospital through an observational room, and for the second field trip we will partake in a cadaver lab. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college and medical fields.

Biology

Biology is the study of life and everything it encompasses. In this class, you will learn what factors spark life on our planet and how interaction between these factors influences organisms big and small. This class explores the world of biology from the smallest cell to the ecology of the environment in which organisms live. Students get to experience biology in a hands-on laboratory environment and through outdoor field trips. Topics covered within the course include ecology, levels of organization, relationships among biotic matter, photosynthesis, respiration, organelles, types of cells, genetics, evolution, mutations, DNA structure and fragmentation, proper use of laboratory equipment, dissection, and protein synthesis. This course offers students a basic understanding of the ideas found in biology and offers many opportunities for students to independently choose and study topics about which they wish to know more.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the components of matter and how these components behave and interact with one another. Students will learn how to balance chemical equations, the structure and function of essential elements, and how to analyze chemical reactions within experimental labs. The periodic table of elements will be studied and analyzed throughout the course to increase understanding of the various components of matter and energy. Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations daily.

Environmental Science (not offered 2019-2020)

The goal of the Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics in the course include but are not limited to: Earth Systems and Resources, The Living World, Population, Land and Water Use, Energy Resources and Consumption, Pollution and Global Change. Students will participate in labs, case studies, and field investigations.

AP Environmental Science (not offered 2019-2020)

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics in the course include but are not limited to: Earth Systems and Resources, The Living World, Population, Land and Water Use, Energy Resources and Consumption, Pollution and Global Change. Students will participate in labs, case studies, and field investigations. This is a college preparatory course, therefore students will be held to high standards of discipline and practical application. Towards the end of the school year in May students will complete the Environmental Science Advanced Placement Exam, in hopes of a suitable high score for their prospective colleges (acceptable scores vary per college). With completion of a score acceptable by the succeeding university, students will receive college credit for the course.

Holistic Health Science (not offered 2019-2020)

Holistic Health Science is an all encompassing lab based health course. This ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and human spirit. Students learn that their daily choices and practices affect their overall health. This course will cover ten health topics, a new unit per each month in school. Physical, Nutritional, Social, Emotional, Academic, and Artistic health are the six dimensions that make up our total wellness. Those six topics will be a separate unit; the additional four units are Sleep, Body Systems, Diseases/Allergies, and Drugs/Medications. Students will learn how to take control of all aspects of their health.

Personal Finance

Personal Finance is a semester long course that directly follows an introductory Economics course. Personal Finance will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, mortgage literacy, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts; gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions that lead to financial independence.

CONTACT

kohlerja@gwcommunityschool.com