Science Department Teaching Practices

  • NGSS and STEM designed and modeled lessons
  • Guided inquiry, project based curriculum using a hands-on approach with integrated technology based applications
  • Adaptive and flexible lessons that use various means of learning strategies with real world science outcomes
  • Lessons that provide multiple means of differentiation to all students based on their needs

Meet Our 2017-2018 Secondary School Science Department!


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Science, mathematics, and education have been an integral part of Dr. Heaton-Walsh’s life for as long as she can remember. Her formative years were spent abroad and provided a deep appreciation for cultural differences and family traditions. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She worked in a small animal practice before moving to Illinois, raising five children (three sons and two daughters) and returning to school to become a middle school mathematics and science teacher. She and her husband, have supported K -8 Catholic school education for their children for a total of 20 consecutive years and are looking forward to launching their youngest at Northwestern University this fall. 


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Dr. Matthew Martino attended the University of Chicago earning undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics, and went on to earn his doctorate in cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on modified gravity and large scale structure formation. He started teaching in graduate school, undergraduate laboratories and physics and mathematics recitations and discovered that his passion is teaching. Since earning his doctorate, he has taught undergraduate, high school, and middle school courses in a variety of physical sciences and mathematics, and, with his wife, has continuing research interests in the field of computational archaeology.