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Science Department

Department Chair:   Sydni Baker

Administrator:  Tommy Elmore

Department Coach: Jessica Herr

Meet the Department

Sydni Baker

Titles: Teacher, Science Department Chair

Teacher:  Biology, AP Environmental Science

Education:  UCSB - BA in Environmental Science with Minor in STEM Education
UCSB Gevirtz Grad School - MA in Science Education

Nandini Bapat

Titles: Teacher

Teacher: Biology

Education: UC Davis - BS in Genetics & Animal Science 
University of La Verne - Master's of Education 
Credentialed in Biological Sciences and Animal Science

3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo/Hapkido

Nausheen Choudhury

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Chemistry, AP Biology

Education: UC Riverside - BS in Microbiology

At BCCHS: Technology Committee, Science Dept Rep

Sanford Combs

Titles: Teacher

Teacher: Environmental Science

Education: UCSB - BA Anthropology
CSUN - MS Kinesiology
LAAFA - Studio Art
2008 Olympic Coach

Leila Haghi

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Biology

Education:  UC Davis and Chapman University

At BCCHS: Hollyhock Member
HR Committee Member
Diversity & inclusion Committee Member

Daniela Haltenhoff

Titles: Teacher

Jessica Herr

Titles: Teacher, Instructional Coach

Science Department Instructional Coach

Education:  CSUN - BS Kinesiology & Exercise Science
MS in Science Education
Completion of Professional Leadership and Coaching Academy UCLA School of Education Professional Development Academies

Dan Horwitz

Titles: Teacher

Teacher: Physics, Marine Biology

Education: Humboldt State University - BS in Wildlife Management
Mills College - Master’s in Education

Shimon Klinger

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Biology

Education:  UCSD, UCLA and Pacifica Graduate Institute
Masters in Depth Psychology

Certificated in Personal Finance Planning

Natalia Mattan- Hung

Titles: Teacher

Teacher: Biology

Education: UCLA - PhD in Neurobiology
Mount Saint Mary's University - Masters in Education & Credential in Biological Sciences
Registered Patent Agent - United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mount Saint Mary's University - Bachelors in Biological Science and Minor in Philosophy

At BCCHS:  Technology Committee

Lindsey Miller

Titles: Teacher

Orlando Nolledo

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Physics A/B

Education:  CSUN - B.S. in Physics
Intern with Alliant University (also MAE in Progress)

Carol Ross

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Biology, Physiology

Education: Rutgers University - BS in Health & Physical Education K-12
University of Houston - MS in Psychology & Counseling 
Teacher of the Year (1997) - Houston, TX

Certification in NJ, TX, and CA

Marcie Samayoa

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Chemistry

Education:  UCLA - BS in Biology with Minor in Science Education
CSUN - Chemistry Teaching Credential

Philip Syed

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Physics

Education: UCLA - BS in Physics

Mark Turner

Titles: Teacher

Teacher:  Chemistry

Education:  University of Leicester - BSC in Chemistry
University of Arizona - MS in Chemistry

Cougar Conservancy Docent

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