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Heather Hill

Welcome to Biology!

A solo picture of the teacher, Heather Hill

Hello, I am Mrs. Hill. I am thrilled to be teaching biology this year. It is my first year as a certified teacher, but not my first year working within the education system. For the first few years of my academic career, I worked as a middle school paraprofessional for Broken Arrow Public Schools. Later, I moved to Edmond, so I could attend the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). While earning my degrees, I worked as a statistics learning coordinator at the collegiate level, a research assistant for an experimental psychology lab, and a teaching assistant for a few psychology professors. This past May, I became an UCO alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Psychology with secondary education emphasis.  Currently, I am preparing to start a Doctoral Degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology at University of Oklahoma. For me, it is important to continue my education on teaching practices, so I can continue being an effective teacher for all of my students. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my husband, Jay, spending time with our friend group, gardening, and reading. Oh, and I love cats.... cannot forget that part! 

 

How Do I Contact the Teacher?

The best way to reach me is via email: hillh@mustangps.org.  I typically reply as soon as I am available, however, please allow up to 24 hours for a response. If you reach out to me on a weekend or break, I will respond when I return to the classroom. For classroom information, students will need to use Google Classroom.  Finally, parent(s) and guardian(s), I invite you to keep in contact with me via email: hillh@mustangps.org.  If possible, I would really enjoy having you visit our classroom!
 
 

What Will be Covered in Biology I?

This is an introductory course dealing with the study of life and the living things around you. Topics include biochemistry, homeostasis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, molecular biology, genetics, natural selection, and ecology. 

Here is our tentative schedule:

August 16- August 30

Introduction to Biology

September 3- October 11

Adaptations and Natural Selection

October 21- December 13

Ecosystem Dynamics

January 7- March 12

Cycling of Matter and Energy

March 23- May 22

Structure and Function— Cellular Systems

 

Why is Biology Important?

Biology is a wonderful class because everyone is exposed to several different types of sciences! For example, we explore botany, anatomy, biotechnology, zoology, microbiology, and ecology.  All of these areas, and so many more, are potential career fields.  One can become a forensic biologist, an engineer creating biotechnology, a zoo keeper, a park ranger... As some would say, the possibilities are endless. Equally important, biology does not have to be intimidating. Instead, this class provides an opportunity to answer the why behind big life questions such as: We know we are alive, but why are we classified as alive? Why is antibiotic resistance a problem? Do we need plants to survive? Why is lab safety a big deal? Why do people say, 'I have had too many carbs today.'? 
No question is too big or small. By the end of the year, I hope everyone can say, "I enjoyed my biology class!"