About the Instructor

Katie O'Neill

I am a science teacher at Newbury Park High School. My students and I spend our year exploring chemistry and physics concepts. My love for science started my freshman year of college with my fascination for my introduction to chemistry class. I grew up in the beautiful Smokey Mountains in Tennessee with an amazing high school experience. I look forward each year to creating that same experience for my students as I share with them my passion for science. My favorite chemistry topics are electron configurations and VSEPR Theory. I also love organic chemistry, believe it or not. My favorite physics topic is definitely relativity, as evidenced by my many clocks which may or may not be accurate......

After graduating from high school in Tennessee in 2005, I moved to New Jersey to pursue my collegiate aspirations. I graduated from Rutgers University with my Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 2009. After surviving the snowy winters in New Jersey, I pursued the beautiful weather of California! Here, I received my teaching credential from California Lutheran University. I possess single subject teaching credentials in both chemistry and physics, with an English Learner Authorization. Finally, I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership through California Lutheran University in 2017. I continue to pursue annual professional development as a dedicated life-long learner, dedicated to being the best teacher I can be.

I usually teach 3 levels of chemistry, International Baccalaureate Chemistry classes, Honors Chemistry classes, and College Preparatory Chemistry classes. Our class will move quickly, cover extensive chemistry concepts, and begin to encourage mastery of various academic skills. There are links to extra resources on the sidebar. There, you will also find a link to our main class website, Edmodo, and the gradebook, Q. You will also find a link to a website that will further explain the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California. These standards embrace some of my favorite instructional strategies, discovery learning and inquiry based labs. We will be using these standards to prepare for the high standards of some of the country's best colleges and universities. I know my students are capable of amazing things, and I want to help them get there!

I sometimes teach AP Physics during Period 1. Our AP test is usually the first Tuesday in May, so start the count down because time will go fast! We are fortunate enough to be able to meet every day throughout the year so we can move at a steady pace with ample review, but this course will require extensive individual study as well. There are links to extra resources on the sidebar.

In addition to teaching, I am involved in some extra curricular activities on campus. I am the Coordinator for the Science Tutoring Center, which provides peer tutoring in all science subjects. The center operates in our classroom, C-5, through the lunch period Monday through Thursday every week. The center is equipped with laptops running Excel, basic lab equipment, science books and journals, and other science tools. I am also the coach for the Speech and Debate team. We are members of the Tri-County Forensics League and the National Speech and Debate Association. With these memberships, students are able to accumulate points and merits to improve their college applications, acquire important leadership and personal skills, and collaborate to build a engaging team experience. I am also now the coach for the NPHS Mock Trial Team. The leadership team and attorney coaches are ready to help both new and varsity members succeed while developing valuable skills.

Contact Information:

Newbury Park High School, Room C-5

456 N. Reino Road

Newbury Park, CA 91320

805-498-3676 ext. 1205