Julia Kohler, Science
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. She 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. She belongs to Tranquil Space Yoga Studio in Arlington/DC. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, roommates, and Corgi (Sammy) and Tabby (Oliver). Ms. Kohler has donated her hair twice to Kids With Hair Loss, and has volunteered for organization such as the Special Olympics, Icing Smiles, and WE The Readers. 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, Environmental Science, Biology, and a new Personal Finance course! She is also the lead teacher in the monthly Stream Cleanup events.
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, outdoor field trips, and individual study. 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.
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 2018-2019)
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.
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 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. Working with topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body all the way into great detail of each of the major systems of the body students will learn through reading, video lessons, case studies, collaborative group work, interactive notebook projects, and labs. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, research and projects assigned throughout each unit. Dissection of a fetal pig and other appropriate organs will complement our course work. 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.
Holistic Health Science (not offered 2018-2019)
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 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.