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High Achievement in a Caring Environment

Our Science Program

Science department staffThe Science Department at Queen Creek High School is very motivated and involved in preparing our students for college, lab technician positions, and a more complete and enjoyable experience in understanding science. We believe that science and technology impact our life nearly every moment of the day and that we have the responsibility to help our students be prepared to excel in our world using them to their benefit. 

Our robotics program is highly successful and has participated in local, regional, and national competitions. We offer courses that begin with a basic understanding of the world and universe we live in and continue on into classes which encourage and prepare our students for higher education in medical and research-based fields. Our science courses include environmental science, chemistry, human biology, anatomy and physiology, and physics. We offer honors classes in chemistry, physics, and pre-AP biology for students ready to advance their study level further. AP and dual credit courses are being developed by our staff at this time. Our science courses are heavily lab-based, and practical application is prominent in the student’s experience. The lab experience will also help many students prepare for careers in lab technician and support positions as well as other technical fields. 

We believe in assisting our students to be inquisitive and effective problem-solvers. Our expectation is that our courses will not simply help them be successful with AIMS, but will generate a lifelong interest and appreciation of science and technology, while helping them with technical skills and tools that will spur confidence in their career and in their ability to be successful in pursuing higher learning.

Science Mission Statement

The vision and goal of the Queen Creek Science Department is first to support the Queen Creek High School Mission of providing the atmosphere to foster high achievement in a caring environment. We desire to provide students with the ability, knowledge, and technical skills to enable them to succeed in a college or industrial lab setting. We believe in the vital importance of our students' confidence in their ability to use and utilize the science and technology available in our society today and to provide an education and training that inspire a desire for higher education.

Our Teachers and Courses

Courses

  • Freshmen - Earth Science, Biology, Pre-AP Biology
  • Sophomores - Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science
  • Juniors - Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Honors Chemistry, Human Biology, Investigative Science
  • Seniors - Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Honors Chemistry, Human Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics

Get to know our outstanding science teachers. Find out what makes them so passionate about what they do.

Bradley Charles
Biology, Anatomy/Physiology
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Bradley Charles

Bradley Charles

Biology, Anatomy/Physiology

About Me

I am Brad Charles and I teach biology! I have a bachelors of science from SUU in biology and masters of science in laboratory medicine and biomedical science from the University of Utah. I have been teaching for 22 years. I have been happily married for 33 years to my beautiful wife, Tamara Charles, who is also a teacher. We have five wonderful children, an Icelandic sheepdog and a mongrel cat.

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Matt Chicci
Chemistry
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Matt Chicci

Matt Chicci

Chemistry

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I have been teaching in the Queen Creek High School District (QCHSD) for 10+ years (2002-2010, 2013- present). All of my experience has been at QCHS. My educational background consists of BS degree from Arizona State University in biology and psychology. I received my masters from Northern Arizona University in educational technology.

At QCHS I have had the pleasure of developing curriculum for Physical Science, Honors Physical Science, Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, Biotechnology I and II, Pre-Engineering and  Engineering II. I am currently teaching Biotechnology I  and II along with Pre-Engineering and Engineering II.

In the past, I have coached World Scholars Cup, Academic Decathlon, FIRST Robotics, FIRST  Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Currently, I am coaching the VEX Robotics Challenge as it is an integral part of our engineering program here at QCHS. I am also a HOSA advisor for the biotechnology classes (working closely with Mr. Tafoya to grow the program). 

When I have spare time (and I say that loosely),I enjoy spending it with my family, playing games, and writing.

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Brayden Cluff
Biology
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Brayden Cluff

Biology

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Mark Degrow
Chemistry, Physics
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Mark Degrow

Chemistry, Physics

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Kevin Fairhurst
Anatomy/Physiology, Honors Anatomy
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Kevin Fairhurst

Kevin Fairhurst

Anatomy/Physiology, Honors Anatomy

About Me

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Mr. Fairhurst graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 and spent several years as a wildlife biologist working with several endangered species, including the American Bald Eagle on the Channel Islands of California and the California Condor in the Grand Canyon of Arizona. During this time Mr. Fairhurst realized his passion for teaching and traveled back to D.C. to earn his Master's in Education from George Washington University.

Mr. Fairhurst taught for 5 years in D.C. and Fairfax before moving to Chandler, Arizona. This is his second year teaching Honor's Anatomy & Physiology, Human Biology, and Honor's Pre-AP Biology at QCHS. Mr. Fairhurst is also the lead mentor of FIRST Robotics Team 1013.

Mr. Fairhurst is married and has a toddler son, a dog and a rabbit.

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Jacob Frantz
Environmental Science, Chemistry
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Jacob Frantz

Environmental Science, Chemistry

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Shaun Hardt
Biology
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Shaun Hardt

Biology

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Anthony Potthoff
Biology, Dual Enrollment/AP, Honors Biology, Dual Enrollment/AP Environmental Science
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Anthony Potthoff

Biology, Dual Enrollment/AP, Honors Biology, Dual Enrollment/AP Environmental Science

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Sabrina Reid
Honors Biology
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Sabrina Reid

Sabrina Reid

Honors Biology

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My name is Sabrina Reid. I am a parent of two loving children, ages 16 and 12. I volunteer as a Girl Scout leader and archery instructor. My hobbies include reading and watching movies. I am also a huge Star Trek fan!

I have a passion for science. I have dedicated my life to inspiring young minds in the field of science for eleven years. My most recent teaching assignments have been honors biology and AP biology at the high school level. I have the privilege of joining the family at Queen Creek High School and look forward to teaching honors biology this school year.

Live Long and Prosper,
Ms. Sabrina J. Reid    

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I received my bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary education with a science emphasis; later acquiring my secondary certification with qualifications in high school biology and general science. I continued my education through Grand Canyon University and obtained a master’s degree in secondary reading, and certification as a Secondary Reading Specialist. I am currently working on a doctorate in organizational leadership with a K-12 emphasis through Grand Canyon University. I was awarded NAU Teacher of the Month. This was a student nominated award and an immense honor.

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Sharon Rowe
Environmental Science, Biology
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Sharon Rowe

Environmental Science, Biology

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Jolie Varholdt
Biology
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Jolie Varholdt

Biology

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Queen Creek High School
22149 E. Ocotillo Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 987.5973
Fax: (480) 882.1276
High Achievement in a Caring Environment