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About me...

I love science!  I mean really, how can you not love the method by which we explore and learn about the amazing world around us?  I graduated from Colorado State University with BS degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology and then went on to earn a PhD in Microbiology (emphasis in genetics, virology, and infectious disease), also at Colorado State University.  After a few years of laboratory research in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, I discovered I really enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  The opportunity to teach at PRA is a dream job.  My goal as a high school science teacher is to pass on not only the facts about the world in which we live but also my enthusiasm and passion for learning.  I strive to show students how fascinating the world, the universe, and science can be.  In my free time I enjoy Do-It-Yourself projects around the house, playing volleyball, spending time with my wife and two children, and the many great outdoor activities that come with living in Colorado. 

In addition to teaching at PRA, I am an assistant coach for the High School Volleyball team.  GO MINERS!!!
Classes
I use Google classroom to manage my classes.  All students know (or will know very soon) that assignments, study guides, slideshows, etc... can be found here at all times.  This material is limited to the students in each class, but if you are a parent and wish to have access to the Google classroom, please send an email to mbennett@prospectridgeacademy.org and I can give you the classroom code.
 
 
CU Succeed
PRA has partnered with the University of Colorado – Denver to pair our AP Biology course with their BIOL 2051 and BIOL 2061 courses through a program called CU Succeed. This optional program is available for students to earn college credit based on their performance during the entire semester rather than just based on their performance on the one AP Biology exam.  There is no additional coursework and all classes are taught at PRA.  If your student is interested in this program, please read through the "CU Succeed Cover Letter", browse the brochure, and visit the website to learn more information about this great program.  Students must register for this course by October 01st.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
 
Costa Rica Summer Field Trip
PRA students have the opportunity to go on a field trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2019!   The trip is a partnership with the non-profit Ecology Project International organization in which students study sea turtle ecology.  They will also learn about the importance of rainforest ecosystems and the global connections between man and nature.  It looks like an amazing trip and I’ve heard great things so I’m excited for this opportunity.  Follow the links below for more information.
 
EPI/Costa Rica Video - scroll down a little and click on the turtle to watch
Registration - when you are ready to sign up!