Julia Kohler, Science
Ms. Kohler is new to the Coyote Squad this year. She 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 blog for her capstone project on Holistic Health, titled Naturally-Active-Students. Her blog included ten different health related videos that she personally hosted. She received her masters in Education from Lesley University. Most recently she 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 five roommates, Corgi (Sammy) and Tabby (Oliver). This year Ms. Kohler is teaching AP Environmental Science, Biology, and a new Holistic Health Science course. She is very eager to bring her knowledge of manipulative based curriculum into her classroom here at GW Community School. She’s enthusiastic and excited to be a part of the team!
AP Environmental Science
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.
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.
Holistic Health Science
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.