2016-17: Intro to Physics & Chemistry, Honors Chemistry
Summer 2016: Intro to Physics & Chemistry Workshop
2015-16: Introduction to Physics & Chemistry, Honors Chemistry
Natalie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology and minor in chemistry before joining the United States Peace Corps and serving as a mathematics and science teacher in Njinikom, Cameroon in Western Africa. After 2 years of service, she returned to the states and achieved teaching certifications in secondary biology and chemistry. Natalie also received her Masters degree from Clarion University in Biology with a focus on environmental studies and entomology. Natalie is currently working for Penn State Extension as the 4-H Youth Development Educator for two counties, and has three kids who are 5, 3, and almost 1. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family and friends!
2014-15: Introduction to Physics & Chemistry
2015-16: Introduction to Physics & Chemistry
2016-17: Intro to Physics & Chemistry
Matt Badley hails from Seattle, Washington, and while he has lived in California for fifteen years, he inexplicably maintains his loyalty to the Mariners. He is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA where he earned a BA in Liberal Arts. He has taught in the classroom for a decade and a half - mostly mathematics, ranging from pre-algebra to calculus, but also chemistry, physics, and Latin. He, his wife, and their fourteen children live in American Canyon, CA.
2016-17: Biology, AP Biology
2015-16: Biology, AP Biology
2014-15: Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology
WiL is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he received his B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and a B.A degree in European History. During a break before beginning medical school, Wil discovered a love of teaching which, 17 years later, he has never escaped. He currently is Science Department Chair and teaches Biology, AP Biology, and chemistry at a small rural high-school in California's Central Valley. Wil and his wife, Michelle, are home-schooling parents to 9 children, ages 1-16, and he is very excited to teach for Kolbe. Wil believes strongly that the purpose of science is to further reveal God's truth and the beauty of creation.
2016-17: Earth Science, Biology, Honors Biology, Theology 9
2015-16: Earth Science, Biology, Honors Biology
2014-15: Earth Science, Biology
Elizabeth is a graduate of St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Catholic theology. She is a freelance health and nutrition writer and is thrilled to be joining Kolbe's teaching staff as an earth science teacher. She hopes to inspire in her students awe for the marvelous complexity of God's creation. Elizabeth lives with her family at Beale, AFB in sunny California, where her husband serves in the United States Air Force.
2017-18: Life Science
2016-17: Life Science
2015-16: Life Science
Allison Hsu holds a BA in biology and a BS in communication studies from the University of Texas in Austin and an MD from UTSouthwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. She worked as an academic pediatric hospitalist prior to taking a hiatus from clinical medicine to be a full-time mother to her kids. In addition, she has taught and tutored graduate level biochemistry and volunteered teaching faith formation classes of various ages. She lives in the outskirts of Dallas with her husband and three children.
Leslie Spencer is a University of Dallas grad who has taught for many years, including several years teaching math, physics and chemistry at Kolbe Academy day school in Napa, California. She has also, as a homeschooling mom, run homeschooling science co-ops and FIRST Lego robotics teams. Leslie helped launch our online science program the first two years. She took some time off from teaching full-time, but filled in as a substitute teacher for the past two years. She is excited to be teaching again in the 2017-18 school year.
Ann Still received her BA and MA in Education from the University of Florida. She taught middle school science for ten years in Catholic schools both in in the Archdiocese of Palm Beach, FL and the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA. She is currently a certified K-8 teacher in the state of Georgia. One of her priorities in teaching was the integration of technology into the curriculum, so she very much looks forward to teaching in a technology-based program with Kolbe Academy. Ann and her husband Shawn live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with their three children.
2016-17: Intro to Physics & Chemistry, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics
2015-16: Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, IPC
Dr. Stacy A. Trasancos is a wife and homeschooling mother of seven. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University and a MA in Dogmatic Theology (Summa Cum Laude) from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. She worked as a chemist for DuPont before leaving that career to raise children. In addition to teaching for Kolbe Academy, she teaches Chemistry and "Reading Science in the Light of Faith" at Holy Apostles Seminary and "Catholic Theology of Science" at Seton Hall University. She is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science (Ave Maria Press). She is teaching the chemistry portion of a three-year long program at the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life “Science and Religion Foundations Seminars” funded by the John Templeton Foundation to equip U.S. Catholic high school teachers with approaches that expand the dialogue between science and religion. Here is her website.
2016-17: Long-Term Sub, AP Calculus and AP Statistics for 6-week maternity leave
Summer 2017: Intro to Science
Valerie Walter graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University. During her engineering career, she worked as an aircraft maintenance engineer for American Airlines and as a market manager for an electric utility vehicle manufacturer. After taking a career break to be home with children, she now teaches and tutors math and science online. She also volunteers for her children’s parochial school, the music ministry of her parish, and her local Down Syndrome support group, with her 4-year-old daughter, Clare. She and her husband, Steve, and their 4 children, ages 9 and under, reside in rural north-central Kansas.