Jefferson-Morgan Middle/High School

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California University of Pennsylvania
  •  Bachelor of Science, Geology 1997-2000
  • Master of Arts, Teaching  2003-2005
Environmental / Earth Science Field Experience
RAG Emerald Resources
158 Portal Rd.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
  • Geology Internship 2000
Core Environmental Services 
4068 Mt.Royal Blvd. Suite 225
Allison Park , PA 15101
  • Field Technician 2001-2002
  • Staff Scientist     2002-2003
United States Department of the Interior,
United States Geological Survey
1000 Church Hill Rd. #4
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
  • Field Technician
  • Water Quality Analysis 2004
Teaching Experience
Mt.Lebanon High School
  • Student Teacher 2005
Peter's Township High School   
Chartier's Houston High School
  • Substitute Teacher, 2005
Rightway Academy, 2005-2006
  • Science Teacher
Jefferson Morgan High School, 2006-Present 
  • Science Teacher


Kitty was doing tricks today! Her trainer - Savannah - had her balance two blueberries on her head! 
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The effects of the EAB on a local tree (in my yard!). The invasive species was brought from Asia and is currently spreading the the States. The EAB bores tunnels in ASH trees and effectively cuts off the water/nutrient supply from the roots, killing the trees. See my bulletin board for more details or the following links: 
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) 
Environmental Science II students identifying macroinvertebrates from water samples to determine water quality. 
Environmental Science II students identifying macroinvertebrates from water samples to determine water quality. 
Science Olympiad is looking for student's who are interested in Science and Engineering! We need Builders to help our team be more competitive. If you like to build models, tinker in the garage or just like to see how mechanical things work come and see Mrs.Cox or Mrs.Kniha for more information on how YOU can be a part of the TEAM!  

DO you like Nature? Are you a person who prefers the outdoors? Then you might be interested in joining the JMHS Envirothon Team! Sign up's are on the bulletin board near 215, the first meeting is Students work all year on their own, and meet once a month to collaborate and explore a new skill. 
Topics include: Aquatics, Wildlife, Soils, Forestry, and a Current Issue. In May we compete with the county schools at a local park for scholarship prizes. See Mrs.Boyle or Mrs.Cox for more information or visit the bulletin board by 215.
Come and join the team! The first meeting is September 28th at 2:50 in room 215.
Are you interested in Science and Engineering? Do you like to build things and see how they work? Then join the JMHS Science Olympiad Team. Students work all year on their selected events, and meet at least once a month to collaborate with their team members to develop their skills or build their apparatus! 
Topics include: bridge building, aerodynamics and glider construction, oceanography, minerals, geologic maps, cell biology, disease detectives, anatomy and physiology. The team will compete with regional schools in March at Cal-U.Put your skills to the test! Stop down and see the bulletin board or talk to Mrs. Cox or Mrs. Kniha for more information. The first meeting is September 27th at 2:50 in room 215.


Sign up for the JMHS Envirothon Team or the JMHS Science Olympiad Team in room 215 or on the science bulletin board.
The PA Envirothon Team has monthly meetings to prepare and discuss student progress in studying the natural world by focusing on 5 subject topics. Lean more at the PA Envirothon website




Accept a Natural Challenge!

Aquatic Ecology

 Students work alongside aquatic biologists

to assess the quality of delicate aquatic

ecosystems. They also learn to identify

aquatic organisms, manage watersheds,

and determine non-point source pollution.


With the guidance of professional foresters,

students learn basic forestry principles

and practices – from tree identification

to forest structure and dynamics.

Soils and Land Use

 Professional soil scientists help students

learn about soil structure, interpret maps,

and evaluate land forms and soil characteristics

that affect agricultural and development issues.


 A favorite for many Envirothon participants,

students learn first hand from wildlife experts

about animal populations, their dynamics, and

the importance of habitat conservation.

Current Issues

 Challenged by field professionals, students

 work as a team to explore the important

facets of current environmental issues.