Science

The Science Department at New Town High School is committed to creating scientifically literate citizens by providing the fundamental principles that will lay a foundation upon which to build lifelong learning. It is our goal to inspire students to give serious consideration to careers in science based on their experiences in our classrooms.

In order to achieve this, standard, honors, and gifted and talented level courses in earth systems, chemistry, and physics are offered. Advanced Placement courses are offered in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. New Town High School’s science department also offers courses in the nationwide Project Lead The Way Biomedical Program.

Our teachers are committed to the use of technology in science; therefore, it is an integral part of our classroom lab experience at New Town High School. Additionally, learning through observation and discovery is an essential process to the science experience. Labs are furnished with state of the art equipment and materials to accurately simulate laboratory experiments for investigation and active learning. All of our science classrooms are fully equipped, complete with individual computer stations. Students work with various software, graphical analysis programs, and “labpro” sensing devises that take measurements and transfer the data directly to the computers to be recorded, analyzed, and printed for evaluation. To further expand opportunities for learning, the department has two mobile laptop computer stations equipped with 15 laptops that facilitate the accommodation of a variety of possible learning environments.

Mission
The mission of the Office of Science PreK-12 is to work collaboratively with all stakeholder groups to define a vision for science education and to provide leadership for the development, implementation, and assessment of that vision for the Baltimore County Public Schools. These efforts are directed toward one goal—enhancing achievement for all students in science. Our teachers believe that all students can learn, and they recognize that learning is accomplished individually as well as in groups. To meet the needs of every student, the staff is committed to making science engaging, active, and relevant because they understand that the best way to learn is through personal discovery and scientific inquiry that is the hallmark of science instruction in Baltimore County Public Schools. Because it is also the goal to create lifelong learners, everyone works toward helping students develop an appreciation for the body of knowledge known as science and an understanding of how to apply it to everyday life.


Questions? Contact Mr. Taylor Ransome, Science Department Chair (transome@bcps.org)


 Wendy Bailey
Wendy Bailey: IB Chemistry, Chemistry
wbailey@bcps.org 
I have been teaching in Baltimore County for 27 years. My first few years were spent teaching at Kenwood HS. I then went to Franklin HS in order to be closer to my home in Carroll County. I graduated from the Indiana University of Pa with a BS degree in Chemistry. I received my Master's degree from Western Maryland College.

I love teaching and showing how interesting Chemistry can be to my students. I have two rescue dogs and previously worked at a veterinary clinic. I love animals and am obsessed with my loving pups. I believe in being a kind and empathetic teacher to my students; and that these qualities will transfer to my students' lives.

I also have been married for 23 years and have a 17 year old son.
 Ally Binder
Allison Binder: Earth Systems

abinder@bcps.org
I am entering my 7th year as a teacher. After graduating from The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) I received a JD from the University of Miami in 2008. After practicing law in New York City I joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and began my career as a teacher in 2014. I earned a Masters in Education from Brooklyn College as I taught middle and high school science in New York City. I relocated with my family to Baltimore in July 2019 and joined the staff at New Town.

I love teaching science to 9th graders and helping them to adjust to high school, I also find them hilarious! I can't imagine doing anything else, anywhere else.

I reside in Baltimore City with my husband and 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter.
Tia Bossiwa Tia Bossiwa
tbossiwa@bcps.org
 Steven Cornthwaite
Steven Cornthwaite: Physics, Integrated Physics and Chemistry

scornthwaite@bcps.org
I grew up here in Baltimore County and graduated from BCPS. I went to UMBC for my undergraduate, before moving to the west coast. I went Washington State University for graduate school and got my Master's degree in Physics. I moved back to Maryland to be near my family and started teaching in BCPS. This is now my fourth year at New Town.
 Michael Dumler
Michael Dumler: Living Systems

mdumler@bcps.org
My name is Mr. Dumler. I am a first year teacher and excited to be a Titan. I am looking forward to meeting all my students.

 Ivan Kalustian-Carrier Ivan Kalustian-Carrier
ikalustiancarrie@bcps.org
 Sarah Mahmood  Sarah Mahmood
 Stephanie McDaniel Stephanie McDaniel
scratic@bcps.org 
 Nicky Pantlitz  Nicky Pantlitz: Special Education Science
npantlitz@bcps.org 

 Taylor Ransome Taylor Ransome, Department Chair
transome@bcps.org 
 Tyler Shaw Tyler Shaw: IB Environmental Systems and Societies, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Chemistry
tshaw3@bcps.org
I am originally from Milford, CT., and I went to college at Towson University. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Secondary Education. I am now entering my 3rd year of teaching at New Town. I am now living in Baltimore City with my wife and our two pugs, Winston and Tucker. (Yes he is named after the G.O.A.T., Justin Tucker). I love all things “nerdy” from video games, to movies, to music, to superheroes. I really like anything pop culture esk.

Ever since I was in high school, I have been interested in science. I love everything science has to offer. I love to create new products, make chemical reactions, and light things on fire. That’s the best part of my job. 😊 I also love teaching students about science because it literally is the future. I became a teacher to help students fall in love with science and one day use what they learned in my class to make the world a better place.

PS: I am the flyest teacher here in a bow tie.
 LaKeisha Smith
LaKeisha Smith: Special Education Science

lsmith27@bcps.org
Born LaKeisha LaShawn Galloway in March of 1979 in Trenton, New Jersey at Mercer Memorial Hospital to a Pastor and Educator, I am the second oldest on my mother’s side, and baby girl out of 7 on my father’s.

I am an honor graduate of Pendleton High School, Bachelors from the University of Phoenix with a majoring in psychology. I took up Education as a career after discovering my oldest faced disabilities. I have now been in education for over 23 years. I have always had a passion and heart for children. I have also completed my master’s program in special education from Grand Canyon University. I currently live in Maryland with my 3 beautiful children, Destiny, Majesty, and Liberty. I lost my first-born son, Legacy in 2014 to a drunk driving accident. All my children have some type of disability with gives me the drive to pay it forward to all children.

Academically, I am interested in reading and writing, specifically news, current events, and science. I also love writing music. I believe in the power of a village to help induce change personally and globally. Just like one took time for me, I too want to take time for others.

I dedicate myself in providing help to students of all walks of life and backgrounds. I provide efficient lessons and exercises that help students develop.

It is my vision for all people to once again appreciate the art of education and following their DREAMS. Determination, Respect, Education, Attitude, Mendability, and Success. With the rapid development of technology, young people are losing skills, and I want to help assist in getting them back.

I look forward to my next endeavor in education.