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Vickie Obenchain, Science Specialist and Teacher
“I love watching students discover how relevant science is in their daily world.” - Vickie
In her 5th year teaching science at The Saklan School, Vickie has made science her passion with a BS and an MA in Environmental Education.
Vickie started teaching while in college as a lab assistant and later at environmental education centers, teaching how the environment works and how people play a role in the health of their surroundings. She not only teaches at The Saklan School, but also shares her love of science with others during the summer. For the past two summers she has taught for Sallie Ride Summer Camp and A+ Middle School at Stanford University, teaching such topics as: Forensics, Engineering, Robotics and Astronomy.
In the science lab, Vickie works with students in grades K-4 as their Science Specialist. K-4 students visit the lab twice a year, fall and spring, for a 3-week unit each time. Students engage in activities that require them to work collaboratively, think independently, experiment, and problem-solve. They truly enjoy the opportunity to discover the science curriculum beyond the classroom. The 5th grade students transition to visiting the science lab for their entire science curriculum and continue to enjoy the challenging and interactive activities that Vickie now provides as their Science Teacher.
In middle school, Vickie is the Science Teacher. Sixth grade covers an introduction to Earth Science, Life Science in seventh, and Physical Science in eighth. Like much of our curriculum, our science program focuses on experiential learning and often involves students working in small groups. Students are also put face to face with the concepts they are learning by attending experiential field trips (Marin Headlands in 5th, Yosemite in 6th, Hawaii in 7th, and Great America: Physics Day in 8th). Additionally, through reports and research projects on topics the students choose, they become more connected to science, how it works, and realize how relevant the topics are to their life.
Learn more about our science curriculum by clicking here.