Amanda Rose Newton - Science

Amanda Rose Newton has often been compared to Ms. Frizzle, of The Magic School Bus fame, by friends and family so it is only fitting that she is now a science teacher.

She has an intense interest in all things Natural History that extends to all aspects of her life. In addition to being a science teacher, she is also a beekeeper, master gardener, sustainable farmer, food fermentation enthusiast, DIY crafter, thrift store junkie, and healthy snack maker. In her spare time she enjoys reading about the above, listening to records, and spending time with her friends, family, and rescue rabbit, Asparagus. She also loves being outdoors and exploring so she has lived all over the country and loves to travel. Currently, in addition to overseas travel, she has been to 49 of the 50 states. Bonus points if you can figure out which one is left!

Overall, she feels it’s impossible to ever be bored.

 Her teaching philosophy adopts the same principles from her own life and encourages, “learning by experiencing”. Students have the opportunity to get hands on experience often taking place outside of the classroom. Field trips, laboratory experiments, and citizen science projects are just a few of the ways students get to participate in science in action within their own community. Most of all, she hopes students will find an aspect of science they enjoy and can apply directly to their own life experiences.

Amanda Rose Newton’s background and education is in Entomology, so if your student suddenly develops a keen interest in insects, you know who to blame!

Courses Taught:

Anatomy and Physiology (With Honors Option):

This course introduces the student to the basic structure and function of the human body. Course topics covered include the organization of the body at the molecular, cellular, and tissue level. Attention will be given to basic biochemistry, the structure and function of cells, tissues, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and nervous body systems.  Students will gain hands on experience in dissection, nutrition, and reflexology laboratory exercises as well as gain valuable skills in organization and memorization essential to excelling at the college level.

Food Chemistry (1 Credit Laboratory Science Elective):

Designed as a unique elective credit laboratory science course, chemical reactions of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins come to life through cooking with everyday foods. Students will perform hands-on reactions that affect the color, texture, flavor, nutrition, and structure of foods that they will have the opportunity to sample each class. Particular emphasis will be placed on enzymatic reactions in fruits and vegetables, water content, gelatinization of starches, browning due to oxidation, and emulsifications.  Additionally, students will be able to determine nutritional content of dishes and distinguish between qualities of major nutrient groups. All these concepts work to further cement knowledge learned through other college preparatory science classes and strengthen laboratory skills.


Biology is the study of life and everything it encompasses.  In this class, students 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.  The students get to experience biology in a hands-on laboratory environment, through outdoor field work, 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.


This central science course examines the compositions of various substances and highlights changes and reactions they go through. The class also focuses on how chemistry touches our lives everywhere and every day. Students will use the scientific process and skills in problem solving and laboratory practices to investigate the structure of atoms, and how they form individual compounds. Students will have a unique opportunity to have hands on practice with chemistry, participate in field trips, and hear from valuable guest speakers which demonstrate the scientific diversity of the community we live in. Skills learned in this course will be an asset to students as they progress through future science classes.

Environmental Science (Not Offered in 2016-2017, next offered 2017-2018):

Environmental Science is the collaboration between many scientific disciplines. Drawing on knowledge of general science principles, students will employ ethical thought to the discussion of sustainability, natural resource management, and our footprint on the world. Focus will be placed on how we impact our own community here in Northern Virginia and will be demonstrated through field trips, conservation projects, and hands on learning opportunities. This course offers students a basic understanding of the ideas and challenges faced in the study of Environmental Science and offers unique opportunities for students to independently choose and study topics about which they wish to know more.