Science Faculty
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Margaret Bahe
Elaine Childress
Rebeca Davila
Scott Deken
Deena Goran
Scott Heinzel
Eric Knispel
Val Michael
Sandra Mueller
Jim Roble
Jerry Taylor
Beth Waterman
Wayne Winters
Jaclyn Yetter

Margaret Bahe

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 Margaret Bahe earned her Biology degree at Princeton University in 1977, taught biology for two years in New Caanan, Ct. and joined the JBS Science Department in 1979. She subsequently earned her masters at Webster University with a concentration in Computers and Education. After teaching AP Biology for many years, she taught Biology Achievement, Advanced Biology: Behavior, Conservation and Eology, Biology Achievement and sometimes Science 7. She now has returned to AP Biology and developed a course in Bioethics which she teaches with Mark Smith from the History department.  In the past she has consulted for the college board, giving workshops for novice AP teachers; she conducted week-long summer institutes on organizing an AP Biology course; and, for 12 years, she spent 10 days in the summer grading the national AP exam. Since she is trained as a Forestkeepers Volunteer and as a Level III Stream Team Monitor, her Advanced Biology regularly tested JBS woodlands and Deer Creek and submitted data to the Department of Natural Resources. As an outgrowth of the Conservation course, she has lead student trips to Panama and Belize and most recently, she takes 8th graders to the Grand Canyon in June. Every year, she works with the JBS Outdoor Education by leading canoe campouts and cave explorations. She is a member of the May Project Review Board, Coordinator of Faculty Evaluation, and frequent faculty participant on Senior Drey Land, Drey Land Plus, 7th Grade Drey Land and Biology Drey Land. For six years, Margaret sponsored August Days for two weeks each summer and now she supervises the Dance Squad and is the Yearbook Sponsor, overseeing students who design the yearbook pages.  Margaret served as the Science Department Chairperson from 2001 - 2011. Margaret received the NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year award in 2004 and the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2011.
Elaine Childress

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Elaine Childress received both her B.A. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is working on an MLA degree from Washington Univ. She has been teaching biology in the St. Louis area since 1974 and joined the John Burroughs faculty in 1987. During the summer of l994, she was a contributing author for thetextbook called: Biology: A Community Context. In 1995, Childress was named an Access Excellence Fellow from the state of Missouri. In l999, she was named the Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Missouri. She has worked with a team of teachers writing and editing microbiology labs for high school and middle school teachers. Many of these labs have been presented nationwide at both national and local conventions. After having taught Biology and Biology Achievement for years, Elaine became the 9th and 10th grade principal in 2005 and served until 2012. Elaine is on sabbatical for the 2012 - 2013 school year.
Rebeca Davila
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Scott Deken

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Dr. Scott Deken earned a B.Sc. in biology and chemistry from the College of the Ozarks and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). For his undergraduate biology project Scott investigated the genetic divergence of the amphipod Gammarus pseudolimnaeus in the Lake Taneycomo drainage system. For his undergraduate chemistry project Scott synthesized different pyrazolones for their possible use for silver recovery by polymer filtration. When not in a science lab, Scott was on the baseball diamond playing varisty baseball, captaining the team during his last two years. Scott continued his research as a graduate student at UAB. His research focused on the regulatory mechanisms of a plasma membrane neurotransmitter transporter (similar to the transporters that are targeted by common antidepressants and drugs of abuse). While in graduate school Scott also pursued his interests in teaching; at Samford University he taught Human Biology and at Birmingham Southern College he taught the laboratory portion of Population Genetics and Ecosystem Biology. After receiving his Ph.D. Scott moved to Washington University in St. Louis where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. While at Wash U he researched the function and trafficking mechanisms of proteins involved in long-term memory using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Scott was also an adjunct instructor for Wash U's University College teaching a class in bioethics. Scott's research has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications and he has also authored two different book chapters. Scott joined John Burroughs in 2005 and now teaches Behavioral Neuroscience.  In 2012 Scott became the 9th and 10th grade principal. Scott also coaches JV Baseball in the spring.
Deena Goran

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Deena graduated from Washington University in 1972 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology. She worked for two years in a biological research laboratory, The Center for Biology of Natural Systems located at Washington University. In 1974, Deena entered the Washington University School of Physical Therapy and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy. As a licensed physical therapist, she worked for two years as a full time physical therapist at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis Division of Rehabilitation. From 1978 until 1988, she continued practicing physical therapy in the home care division and in 1983 she began teaching at the Washington University School of Physical Therapy. From 1983-1986, as an instructor of Physical Therapy, Deena taught anatomy and neuroanatomy laboratory, lectured in neuroscience and instructed in physical therapy modalities. Throughout this time, she pursued her teaching certification and received science teaching certification in 1987. During the school year 1988-1989, Deena was employed by the Ladue School District as a teaching assistant at the middle school. Since joining the John Burroughs faculty in 1990, Deena has taught seventh grade life science and physical science, eighth grade earth science and physical science (chemistry) and ninth grade science I, biology and health. In May, 2001, she earned her Masters of Arts Degree in teaching at Washington University and taught as an adjunct instructor in anatomy and physiology in Wash. U.'s.University College for five years. She co-authored a college text, Case Studies for Understanding the Human Body. During the past summers, Deena taught science in the Aim High St. Louis outreach program for at risk students.
Scott Heinzel

 
Dr. Scott Heinzel earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Chicago where he performed undergraduate research in molecular biology, mapping the structure of the acetylcholine receptor. He further pursued his interest in research at Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D.in the Genetics department in 1992. At Stanford, his research centered around the study of DNA replication in human cells, specifically investigating the nature of origins of DNA replication in the human genome, using viral-based plasmids as tools for the isolation and characterization of these sequences. He has published several research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals stemming from this research. He has been at John Burroughs since 1992, where he has taught seventh grade Life Science, Biology Achievement, Biotechnology, and AP Biology, and coached volleyball, basketball, ice hockey and tennis. Currently, Dr. Heinzel teaches 7th grade life science and Biology Achievement.  Dr. Heinzel became a college counselor in 2005 and was the 11th / 12th grade principal from 2006 - 2012.
Eric Knispel
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In 2002, Eric Knispel, arrived to JBS from Tanzania where he had been teaching 8th grade science and chemistry. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the South Dakota State University. As an undergraduate, Eric was selected for a summer internship with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he studied the chemistry of polishing laser lenses. After volunteering three years with the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe as a rural secondary school science teacher and teacher trainer, Eric was awarded a Peace Corps Fellows Scholarship to attend graduate school at the University of New Mexico. Eric earned a Master of Arts in secondary education while concurrently teaching full time on the Navajo Reservation in western New Mexico.  At JBS, Eric teaches Chemistry Achievement and 8th grade science. He is also active in the Outdoor Education program, leading fishing and float trips. He is also coordinating the school's biodiesel program which converts waste oil to diesel for use on campus and in the Super High Mileage Vehicle competition.
Val Michael

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Valerie Michael received her B.S. in Physics from Florida Technological University (a.k.a. University of Central Florida) in 1971 and MAT in Mathematics from Webster University in 1983.  Her teaching career began in Tolono, Illinois in 1972.  She recently retired from the Parkway School District after 28 years where her responsibilities included APC Physics, Honors Physics, General Physics, Digital Electronics and the Science Department Chair.  She has also taught math at the community college.  She joined the Burroughs staff in 2010 as a part time teacher of 11th grade physics and 7th grade Climate Science.   Val has been a PTRA, Physics Teachers Resource Agent, for the American Association of Physics Teachers for 15 years and is thus responsible for running workshops for local physics teachers on current topics in physics education.

Sandra Mueller, Chair

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Sandra Mueller received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an M.A. in Education from Washington University.  She has been teaching Chemistry in the St. Louis area since 1976 and joined the JBS faculty in 1989.  She is the chair of the Science Department and is currently teaching Chemistry Achievement and Advanced Placement Chemistry.  She is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM), and is Chairperson of the High School Teaching Award for the ACS.  Sandra received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching in the areas of Math, Science and Computer Science for the state of Missouri in 2006-07.  She is the holder of the Dr. Charles Kerr Sibley Endowed Chair in Science.


Jim Roble

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Jim Roble comes most recently from Francis Howell Central High School where he taught for five years and was named the district's teacher of the year in 2006.  He is also an instructor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a former adjunct professor with St. Louis University's advanced credit program.  Mr. Roble holds a bachelors' degrees in biology and chemistry and a master's in chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis as well as a teaching certificate from Washington University in St. Louis.  He did additional post-graduate work in biophysical chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University and was named departmental teacher of the year.  Mr. Roble is co-author of 16 articles in materials science and biophysical chemistry.  He teaches  Physics Honors, Science 8 - Chemistry, and Engineering Explorations. He spends after class hours sponsoring the Physics & Engineering club, the Super High Mileage Vehicle club, and the new Robotics Club.  In his spare time, Mr. Roble collects and races vintage motorcycles.
Jerry Taylor

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Jerry Taylor earned his B.A. in physics at St. Louis U. and has done graduate work in physics and special education at UM-St.Louis and Webster Univ. After teaching for 5 years at Beaumont and 7 years at Logos (both in St. Louis), he has worked at JBS since 1983, coaching and teaching science & mathematics. He has conducted workshops for physics and astronomy teachers and has served as a regional resource agent for astronomy teachers. He is presently teaching Physics Honors to 11th graders and Climate Science to 7th graders.  He sponsors the 9th grade and is a faculty evaluator.  In 2006, Jerry was honored by being named the first holder of the Alice Snodgrass Chair for Excellence in Teaching.

Beth Waterman

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Beth Waterman received a B.A. in Education with a major in Biology from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. She spent five years at a parochial high school in Chicago, teaching various levels of biology and general science.  In addition to her teaching assignment, she was varsity coach for both volleyball and softball.  Beth went on to receive an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The next 12 years she spent teaching general and advanced biology at Naperville North High School in the western suburbs of Chicago.  Beth has been selected as an Outstanding Teacher by the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, an award nominated by former students.  She also received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Chicago.  A family move brought her to St. Louis, and in 2006 she joined the staff at John Burroughs.  She is currently teaching AP Environmental Science and Biology.

Wayne Winters
Winters Wayne Winters joins the Science Department, teaching Honors Physics and 8th grade earth science and coaching the Science Olympiad team. Wayne comes most recently from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, where he taught AP, Honors and 8th grade physics. Prior to that he worked for a defense contractor in San Diego and four years as a physics and astronomy teacher for the Latin School of Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master's and doctorate from the University of Virginia. He is married to Rebecca Hyde.

Jaclyn Yetter

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Jaclyn Yetter earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with honors from De Paul University in 2005. While at De Paul, she worked as a science and mathematics tutor for the TRiO program, as a teaching assistant for general, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry courses, and as a research assistant in the analytical and biophysical laboratories.  Upon graduation Jaclyn was accepted into the chemistry graduate program at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and received the Alvin J. Kwiram Award for academic achievement.  During her time at the University of Washington, Jaclyn worked on ultra fast time-resolved Raman spectroscopy research and had the opportunity to coordinate the Hooked on Photonics research experience for undergraduates.  In 2007, Jaclyn received her Master of Science in physical chemistry and pursued her passion for teaching at community colleges in the Seattle area as an adjunct instructor for three years.  Jaclyn joined the JBS staff in 2010 and currently teaches tenth grade Chemistry. When not in the laboratory or classroom, Jaclyn enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter and their two dogs, Izzie and Nala, savoring a great cup of coffee, and traveling.