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. Tyler Shaw, Science Department Chair ([email protected])


 Wendy Bailey
Wendy Bailey: IB Chemistry, Chemistry
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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.

Tia Bossiwa
Tia Bossiwa

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 Steven Cornthwaite
Steven Cornthwaite: Physics, Integrated Physics and Chemistry

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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

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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.

 Hannah Hentz
Hannah Hentz: Earth Systems, Living Systems

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I was born and raised amongst cows and cornfields of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. After high school, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Biology from the Pennsylvania State University (We Are!!!) and immediately moved to Baltimore at the end of 2018. I am actually still in school studying to earn my Master of Environmental Science from the University of Idaho online.
Being able to share my love for science with my students, to me, is one of the best things about teaching. Rosalind Franklin once said, “Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated,” which is something I try to model and live by. There is always something new to learn about the world around us, and seeing that curiosity in my students is what drives me. Aside from teaching, I help coach our Titan volleyball team. I am also busy planning a wedding with my fiance, who is also a teacher in BCPS. Together we have a 5 year old little rescue mutt named Chip; he is my absolute pride and joy. When I’m not smothering Chippy in kisses, I enjoy reading mystery novels, playing Rummy, and binging reality TV shows.

 Sarah Mahmood  
Sarah Mahmood

 Stephanie McDaniel Stephanie McDaniel
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 Tyler Shaw
Tyler Shaw, Department Chair: IB Environmental Systems and Societies, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Chemistry

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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.