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Science

Welcome to the Rio Linda HS Science Department! 
 
Our department offers a wide range of courses focused on helping our students to be science literate critical thinkers.
 
The list of science courses offered by our school is the largest in the District and includes:
 
  • Living Earth (fulfills the UC Life Sciences Lab requirement)
  • Chemistry (fulfills the UC Physical Science Lab requirement)
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
 
Our Teachers include:
 
  • Mr. Baier: (Sac State graduate with a Bachelor of science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  Master's of science in curriculum and instruction in Western Governors University. Credentials in Biology and Earth Science.  Teaching for 10 years in this district.) Mr. Baier teaches Honors Living Earth.
 
  • Ms.Bressler (High School Valedictorian; Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), class of 2000; B.S. Chemical Engineering; Teaching credentials in math and chemistry).  Ms. Bressler teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry.
 
  • Mr. Cervantes: (UC Santa Cruz Graduate with BS in Biology, teaching since 2000.  Eight plus years of health field experience.)  Mr. Cervantes teaches Living Earth and Anatomy and Physiology
 
  • Ms. Miller: (CSU Chico graduate with Geoscience major, teaching since 2000, has clear credentials in Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry and Math.  She is a USAF veteran and has worked as a meteorologist and an onsite oil well geology technician.)  Ms. Miller teaches Chemistry.
 
  • Mr.Rogers: (UC Davis graduate with Biology major with an emphasis in medical microbiology, completed his MEd.  Teaching at Rio Linda since 2011.  He holds clear credentials in Earth Science and Biology.)  Mr. Rogers teaches Living Earth and AP Biology.
 
  • Mr. Serrato:  (UC Davis graduate with a BS in chemistry and masters in education. Credentialed in physics and chemistry. Teaching since 2016.)  Mr. Serrato teaches AP Physics and Chemistry.
 
  • Mrs. Tufts: (Marietta College graduate with a BS in Environmental Science. MAT in Teaching Science. Credentialed in Geosciences and Life Sciences. Teaching since 2011.)  Mrs. Tufts teaches Living Earth.
 
  • Mr. Woo: (UC Davis graduate with Biology major.  MBA. Credentialed in Life Sciences and Agriculture Specialist from Cal Poly.  Teaching at Rio Linda since 2000.)  Mr. Woo teaches Chemistry and Ag Soil Chemistry.
 
  • Mrs. Woo: (UC Davis graduate with Biology major.  MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.  Credentialed in Biology, Chemistry, Health, and English.  National Board Certified in Health. Teaching at Rio Linda since 2006.)  Mrs. Woo teaches Living Earth and Yearbook

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Ms. Miller Thermochem Lab

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