Debbie Walker is an experienced science teacher that brings Physics to life for students by incorporating real world examples into her lessons and creates a fun classroom atmosphere by promoting questions and discussion. Debbie earned her Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Psychology from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She spent 5 years teaching high school AP Physics, Physics and Chemistry.
She took several years off teaching to pursue a full time position of Mom to her three wonderful children and two dogs. She resumed her career by teaching hands-on science to elementary school children throughout Los Angeles with Quest in Science and has been with them since 2010. She loves basketball and has enjoyed coaching her son's basketball team! She is excited to be working with the students and families of HuckleBerry and looks forward to a great year!
Fall Quarter –
This year long Quest in Science course will take students on an in-depth exploration of Earth and its systems. Geology will be the core of our class. To better understand our Earth, we will also examine its interaction with all its processes: the hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. We will take a hands-on approach to studying rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering and erosion, energy resources, as well as California geology. Students will work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data.
This quarter will focus on the forces at play within and around the earth. We will study earthquakes and how they travel. We will investigate powerful forces that shape the ocean shores and floors. We examine both the rock and water cycles. Students will work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data.
Spring Quarter -
This quarter focuses on Earth’s atmosphere, universe and geographical history. Students will learn how and why air moves and creates weather. They will create a model of our solar system to obtain a better understanding of the scale of the universe. Students will learn how to measure the relative distances to the stars and discuss the concept of time. They will examine Earth’s layers and features to determine relative age. To conclude our course, students will make a presentation on their favorite Earth Science topic from the year of which they have conducted further research.