PHS Science Department

We offer courses that develop understanding of key concepts that help students make sense of life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and physical sciences. Expectations for high school sciences blend core ideas with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge that can be applied across the science disciplines. We focus on several scientific practices in all courses, including developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations and using these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

Additional Science Programs Available to Students
Students can gain a lot of experience by participating in an internship, program, or workshop that can help put their knowledge and skill sets into action.  Erin Mulanax keeps the database of different opportunities updated.  To search for programs go to https://phs.psdr3.org/scienceprograms
Department Chair
Rob Lamb
Room F116
Phone extension:  8615

Science Tutoring
Science help is available after school in the library or throughout the school day, but it is in different locations depending on the staff member allocated to the time slot.

Lorna Bulger
Degree:  Master of Arts in School Administration, Lindenwood University; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, UMSL
Classes:  General Biology, Biology 2
Room F200
Phone ext.:  8108
Rebecca Byrne
Room F108
Phone ext.:  8601

Amanda Corrado
Room F102
Phone ext.:  8114

Christian Dornhoefer
Room F112
Phone ext.:  8101
Megan Kemper
Degree: Bachelor of Science Secondary Education/Unified Science with emphasis in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University
Classes: Anatomy, Human Body Systems, Biology, Concepts of Biological Systems
Other: Assistant girls lacrosse coach, costume coordinator fall play/spring musical
Room F202
Phone ext.:  8106
Jessica Houghtaling
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Missouri -- St. Louis
Classes: Biology, Physical Science, Concepts of Physical Systems
Room F104
Phone ext.: 8115
Jason Lammert
Degrees:  Bachelors of Science in Biology, Truman State University; Masters of Arts in Teaching, Lindenwood University
Classes:   Biology, Concepts of Biological Systems
Other:   Water Polo Coach
Room F204
Phone ext.: 8616
Erin Mulanax
Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Missouri - Rolla, Master of Science in Physics Education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Classes I teach:  Physics, AP/CC Physics 1
Other info:  Fiber Arts Club
Room E206
Phone ext.: 8506

Danel Pals
Degrees:  Master of Arts in Education (Lindenwood University)and Bachelor of Arts in Biology (University of Northern Iowa)
Classes:  Human Anatomy, College Credit Forensic Science (SLU)
Room E202
Phone ext.: 8502
Vicki Schaeffer
Degrees: Masters in Secondary Education, UMSL and Bachelor of Science in Education, Mizzou
Classes: AP Biology and Biology 1
Room F106
Phone ext.: 8613
Donna Schmidt
Degrees:  BS Secondary Education; emphasis in biology
Masters in Secondary Education; emphasis in curriculum and instruction
Both from UMSL
Classes I teach:  Biology, Honors Biology, AP/CC Environmental Science
Room F206
Phone ext.: 8113
Amy Schwendemann
Degrees: Master of Art in Secondary Education, Lindenwood University; Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant, University of Evansville
Classes: Physics 1, Geology/Astronomy
Other: National Honor Society Co-sponsor
Room E204
Phone ext.: 8504
Kenneth Smith
Room F216
Phone ext.: 8116