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Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry
Engineer Your World (CTE)
Welcome! I am proud to be a science teacher at Holland High. I have been here since 2003, after receiving my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.
I have been married for 24 years and have two children (Samuel Jr. and Victoria). Samuel is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Victoria is seeking a degree at Concordia University.
I teach Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Engineering at Holland High. I love science because it is always changing and I feel that an effective science lesson requires planning engaging activities, navigating tricky science concepts, anticipating and working with students' preconceptions and misconceptions, and making difficult decisions on the fly.
Mrs Cortez's 2017 Class Schedule
1st Period: (8:00 - 8:45) Biology
2nd Period: (9:50 - 9:35) Biology
3rd Period: (9:40 - 10:25) Conference
4th Period (10:30-11:15) Biology
5th Period (11:20 - 12:05) Biology
Lunch (12:10 - 12:35)
6th Period (12:40 - 1:30) A&P
7th Period (1:40 - 2:00) Study Hall
8th Period (2:05 - 2:50) A&P
9th Period (2:55 - 3:40) Engineering
Course Description: Biology
is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an
opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory
techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living
organisms. Students will explore
biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and
heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their
ecological roles, and as introduction to animal structure and function. An end of course test (EOC) will be administered
in May, which covers objectives for both semesters.
Biology Syllabus 17-18.docx
Textbook: Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology. 7th edition
Course Description: This course will enable students to develop a basic understanding of the relationships between the structures and functions of the human body. Students will also learn the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body. This course will involve laboratory activities, projects, dissections, textbook material, models, diagrams, journal writings, and clinical studies.
Welcome to Engineer Your World!
This class will engage you in authentic
engineering practices in a project-based learning (PBL) environment. Learning is scaffolded over a series of
engaging and socially relevant explorations and design challenges. The curriculum
focuses on creating a 1) narrative of engineering, 2) building engineering
design skills, 3) developing engineering habits of mind, and 4) introducing
engineering fields and professions.
Engineer Your World Syllabus 2017-18.docx
UIL Science competition is very competitive and requires a lot of outside work. The test includes a wide variety of questions covering biology, chemistry, and physics topics. The contest consists of a two-hour objective test with 60 questions – 20 from biology, 20 from chemistry and 20 from physics. Below is a link to see more in depth rules and sample questions.
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