Mrs. Englund’s Classroom Page
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-Saint Francis of Assisi
My name is Stephanie Englund and I am the Middle School Science and Classroom Math teacher at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School. It is my goal to have classes that excite the student’s interest and enthusiasm, while attaining or exceeding standards.
I attended thirteen years of Catholic school here in San Diego at St. James Academy and then at the University of San Diego High School (Uni). I then attended the University of Southern California and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Health and Social Welfare. In my Junior year, I completed a research semester on Santa Catalina Island at the USC Wrigley Marine Research Institute. I enjoy taking the eighth graders to visit this amazing island ecosystem. After graduation, I worked as a cell culturist and molecular biologist in global pharmaceutical companies located in La Jolla, CA. I found my true calling, however, when I completed the Middle Level Credential Program through Cal State San Marcos with a Multiple Subject Credential and Single Subject Credential in Biological Sciences in 2010. I began teaching at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School soon after.
I begin each year’s course of study in science with a review in scientific skills and the scientific method each year in order to ensure that the students are able to successfully complete that grade level's NGSS standards and curriculum. The subjects of each grade are: Earth-Science in the Sixth Grade, Life-Science in the Seventh, and Physical Science in the Eighth. Seventh and Eighth Graders also complete a major scientific inquiry project that allows them to creatively demonstrate their understanding of the scientific method and compete in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair.
In my classes, all class notes and homework are collected in a science notebook throughout the year. This notebook serves as a record of achievement and as a visual summary of learning throughout the year. Assessments are in the form of long-term projects, chapter tests, and oral discussion. Students are able to earn extra credit by participating in the following activities: the UCSD Young Physicist Program, Astronomy Nights in Balboa Park, Science Days at Balboa Park and local science fairs and expositions. These activities broaden their experience within the community and encourage them to discover the many applications of science. We also encourage guest speakers to visit our classroom and school. A wide variety of speakers ranging from career scientists to visiting college students are invited to present on their research and give a more focused lesson on a topic the students are presently covering. For example, last year a Marine Biologist came to our school and explained the tagging and tracking locally of Great White Sharks, while a Neurosciences student form UCSD gave a lecture to the students on brain functions and disorders.
St. Mary Star of the Sea School has open access to our computer lab, which allows the entire class to utilize technology and information in various scientific disciplines. Science class is often conducted in the computer lab to incorporate this technology in the form of student created science lessons, power points presentations, informational brochures, research papers, student quizzes and study sheets or teacher directed web quests and science news discussion of current events.
I have been the classroom math teacher for many years. Although they work hard, this is a popular class with both the students and the parents. Students are supported in their learning with peer tutoring, online support and computer lab use. Our goal is to encourage an appreciation and enjoyment for Math, prepare students for high school with a strong foundation of math skills, and meet each student's individual learning needs.
The best way to contact me is through Gradelink. You can also reach me through the school email listed below. Please allow 24 hours for a response.
St. Mary, Star of the Sea School
515 Wisconsin Avenue
Oceanside, California 92054