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Dr.Kirsten Mahoney
Science Department Chair

Science Department

Science Department

Science Department

NGSS: A New Vision for Science Education

Illinois has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  District 205 Science Teachers are developing and implementing instructional strategies that prepare students to be scientifically-informed citizens. 

Information on NGSS can be found at www.nextgenscience.org/. How will science education look different? Please take a look at this student/parent sheet on implications for science education. 

Scholarships and STEM Opportunities



College of DuPage STEMinars 

  • STEM Spotlight - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 
  • STEMCON- Saturday, April 27, 2019


Michigan Math and Science Scholars Summer Enrichment

  • Designed to offer high school students a pre-college experience. 
  • Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi
  • 3 Sessions June-August 
  • Applications open in January 2019

George Mason University Youth Summit on the Environment 

  • George Mason University partners with The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian's National Zoo to host this youth summit on the environment
  • Developed for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of conversation, sustainability, environmental science, and environmental policy. 
  • When: June 23rd- June 28th, 2019
  • Limited scholarships are available

Argonne National Laboratory 

  • Research opportunity for high school Seniors students. 
  • 40 hour per week program from June 10- August 2, 2019.  
  • See the website for more information and the application/registration.




Illinois Chemical Educational Foundation (ICEF)

  • $2000 scholarships to high school senior science students 
  • Submit application no later than Friday, February 22, 2019; received no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Elmhurst Garden Club

  • Up to $1500 scholarship to pay for admission into an exploratory program in horticulture, conservation, the environment, landscape 
  • Open to Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors at York High School
  • Completed application postmarked by March 15th, 2019. More information on the link above. 


College of DuPage STEM Student Success Scholarship

  • Designed for students who plan to enroll full-time at College of DuPage in a degree program or transfer curriculum in a STEM field, especially, Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering. 
  • Application Due: March 31st. 




The mission of the York Science Department is to inspire minds to inquire, think critically, and make informed decisions allowing students to have a positive impact on society. 

8th Grade Students and Parents

Welcome to York! Next year you will be enrolled in one of our Biology classes. Please click HERE to see the 8th Grade Night Presentation.


Click HERE to access the Science Course Offerings Website.


Click HERE to access a list of textbooks and digital resources for each course. 

Science Teachers

Allen, Vanessa
Science Teacher vallen@elmhurst205.org
Anderson, Ryan
Science Teacher, randerson@elmhurst205.org
Behen, Jolee
Special Education English Teacher jbehen@elmhurst205.org
Birns, Claire
Science Teacher cbirns@elmhurst205.org
Blaus, Bob
Science Teacher/ECO Club bblaus@elmhurst205.org
Brown, Adam
Science Teacher abrown@elmhurst205.org
Cermak, Lindsey
Science Teacher lcermak@elmhurst205.org
Conrad, Jill
Instructional Coach jillconrad@elmhurst205.org
Drach, Jeffrey
Science Teacher/ Science Olympiad Club jdrach@elmhurst205.org
Ewald, Megan
Science Teacher mewald@elmhurst205.org
Felix, Dustin
Science Teacher dfelix@elmhurst205.org
Ferhati, Ellizabeth
Science Teacher eferhati@elmhurst205.org
Golebiowski, Mark
Science Teacher mgolebiowski@elmhurst205.org
Kaniyaly, Veena
Science/ELL Science Teacher vkaniyaly@elmhurst205.org
Mahoney, Kirsten
Science Department Chair kmahoney@elmhurst205.org
Moss, Amy
Science Teacher amoss@elmhurst205.org
Orlow, Teresa
Science Teacher- torlow@elmhurst205.org
Parr, Dana
Science Teacher dparr@elmhurst205.org
Paschke, Jeremy
Science Teacher jpaschke@elmhurst205.org
Ramm, Brian
Science Teacher
Rayan, Ronny
Chemistry Teacher
Rowe, Pat
Special Education Science Teacher prowe@elmhurst205.org
Szymonik, Stephanie
Science Teacher/ELL Science sszymonik@elmhurst205.org
Wolski, Nancy
Science Teacher nwolski@elmhurst205.org
Yun, Lauren
Science Teacher lyun@elmhurst205.org
Zentner, Cynthia
Science Teacher czentner@elmhurst205.org