Science Department

  • Department Chair

    Andromeda Crowell

    Extension: 20405

    Email: andromeda.crowell@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: UNC-Chapel Hill

    Why I am a Teacher: I love science and I think it has the power to change the world for the better, but I think there is also a misconception that it is too hard or confusing for most people. I teach because I want everyone to understand science and believe that they can do it!

    Heroes: Rosalind Franklin, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousafzai. These women inspire me because they pursued their dreams and spoke their truth despite the obstacles.

    Favorite Book: Impossible to choose, but I did really enjoy, "The Hate U Give" recently.

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP Biology

    Block 2: AP Biology

    Block 3: Planning

    Block 4: Honors Anatomy and Physiology


    Teacher

    Geoffrey Bowman

    Extension: 20408

    Email: geoffrey.bowman@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Virginia Tech

    Heroes: My parents - both were educators and have been the most influential on my life.

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP Chemistry

    Block 2: Forensics

    Block 3: Planning

    Block 4: Forensics


    Teacher

    Rachel Fort

    Extension: 20402

    Email: rachel.fort@orange.k12.nc.us

    College: UNC-Chapel Hill

    Why I am a Teacher: I love being able to share my excitement of biology and environmental science with a new group of students every year!

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP Environmental Science

    Block 2: Biology

    Block 3: Biology

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Alexandra Geiger

    Extension: 20506

    Email: alexandra.geiger@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Duke University

    Why I am a Teacher: I have loved science all my life and I was so lucky to have teachers who recognized and fostered that love within me. Even if a student doesn't love science, I want to help ensure they love learning and feel that my classroom is a space where they are needed and welcome! Also, I am so lucky to get to go to work each day and spend time with the funniest, brightest, most inspiring kids I know! 

    Heroes: My grandparents, the children of immigrants who lost family in the Holocaust, survived the Great Depression, served during in WWII, and taught me so much about love, life, and what really matters.

    Favorite Book: I am terrible at favorites! The most recent I read was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Planning

    Block 2: Earth and Environmental Science

    Block 3: Earth and Environmental Science

    Block 4: Earth and Environmental Science


    Teacher

    Rachel Oliver

    Extension:

    Email: rachel.oliver@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: UNC-Chapel Hill

    Why I am a Teacher: Two of my favorite teachers were my high school biology teacher and my Biology 101 professor at Carolina. They gave me a passion for biology that I want to pass on to students of my own!

    Heroes: Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan -- Tar Heel legends

    Favorite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Biology Honors

    Block 2: Planning

    Block 3: Biology

    Block 4: Biology Honors


    Teacher

    Kristin Riley

    Extension: 20404

    Email: kristin.riley@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: University of Connecticut (B.S.), Duke University (M.S)

    Why I am a Teacher: I enjoy working with students and making science interesting and accessible

    Heroes: Dr. Sylvia Earl- her lifelong quest to preserve ocean ecosystems is inspiring; Sir David Attenborough- I appreciate his desire to bring people to wild places through film in an effort to support conservation; Greta Thunberg- She represents the power of youthful idealism and how one person can make a huge impact when they are passionate about a cause

    Favorite Book: Maybe not my favorite, but definitely one of the most impactful is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: AP Environmental Science

    Block 2: Biology Honors

    Block 3: AP Environmental Science

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Joey Risso

    Extension: 89026

    Email: joey.risso@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: Appalachian State University

    Why I am a Teacher: I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom.

    Heroes: My parents are my heroes because they taught me all the skills and life lessons that made the person I am today: compassion, respect, manners, perseverance, hard work, kindness, and determination. I would not be where I am today without their support and guidance.

    Favorite Book: The Martian by Andy Weir

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Chemistry

    Block 2: Chemistry

    Block 3: Planning

    Block 4: Chemistry Honors


    Teacher

    Sandy Trinh

    Extension: 20403

    Email: sandy.trinh@orange.k12.nc.us

    College Attended: UNC-Chapel Hill

    Why I am a Teacher: I had a great Chemistry teacher who made learning the topic really exciting.

    Heroes: My parents. They immigrated to America from Vietnam with no English skills, no friends outside of one other, and 3 kids. They worked minimum wage jobs for years to support our family and worked on opposite schedules so that they didn't have to pay as much for child care, which meant they barely ever saw each other. My parents have made a lot of sacrifices throughout my entire life to make sure my siblings and I had food on the table and knew the value of a good education, hard work, and perseverance.

    Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Physical Science

    Block 2: Chemistry Honors

    Block 3: Chemistry Honors

    Block 4: Planning


    Teacher

    Katie Unrue

    Extension: 20401

    Email: katherine.unruhe@orange.k12.nc.us 

     

    Classes

    Homeroom

    Block 1: Earth and Environment Science

    Block 2: Planning

    Block 3: Earth and Environment Science Honors

    Block 4: Earth and Environment Science Honors