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, 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.

For the 2016 - 2017 school year, I will be teaching AP Physics during Period 1.  Our AP test will be May 2nd, 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.  I will also be teaching 5 Honors Chemistry classes and 1 College Preparatory Chemistry class.  Our class will move quickly, cover extensive chemistry concepts, and begin to encourage mastery of various academic skills.  Again, 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!

Contact Information:

Newbury Park High School, Room C-5
456 N. Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320

805-498-3676 ext. 1205