Science

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Science Department

Mrs. ScozzafavaName: Mrs. Scozzafava

Position: Science Teacher and Science Department Chair

Email: escozzafava@seymourschools.org

 

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

  • University of Rhode Island- Double major in Biology and Marine Affairs. Graduated in 1996 with distinction.

 

What were your undergraduate accomplishments?

  • Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
  • Spent a semester abroad In Liverpool, England focusing on the biological sciences.
  • Backpacked through Europe for 3.5 weeks prior to beginning my studies.
  • I also completed an internship through SEA Grant, writing a fact sheet on the Hunt-Potowomat watershed.

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  • Central Connecticut State University - post baccalaureate program, secondary education certificate with a focus in biology and secondary science pedagogy.
  • Southern Connecticut State University - Master of Science in Environmental Education.
  • University of Bridgeport- 092 Certification in Administration.

Graduate accomplishments:

  • Completed a paid SEA Grant internship at the maritime aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, writing curriculum for the aquarium and researching the maritime history of the area.

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  • 1998

Teacher accomplishments at SHS:

  • 2001- Yearbook Dedication
  • 2009- Recipient of the Principal's Award

After School activities:

  • 2002-2007- Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
  • won NVL titles in 2002, 2005, 2006, and
  • 1999-2007- CISP faculty advisor
  • 2009- present - Link Crew Faculty Advisor
  • 2012 – present - Science Department Chair
  • 2014- Class Advisor

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  • I worked as a pharmacy technician at Waterbury hospital while studying at CCSU, working toward my teaching certificate

Personal Hobbies:

  • Spending time with my family

Why is it great to be a Wildcat?

  • I love the small town community feel and really getting to know many of the students and their families. I have made life-long friends and I am continuously impressed with our students' and graduates’ accomplishments.

 


Name:  Mrs. Sweeney

Position:  Science Teacher

Email:  csweeney@seymourschools.org

Web address:

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA B.S. Biology

What were your undergraduate accomplishments?

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Division III - Cross Country and Track - 3 years

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  • Masters Biology from Southern CT State University

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  • 1996

Teacher accomplishments at SHS:

  • 2006- Seymour Teacher of the Year
    2008 - Vincentena Kobasa Award
    2009 - Principal's Award

After School activities:  

  • Girls Cross Country Coach 1996-1998
  • Hope Club Advisor 2005-2010 -

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  • 4 summers during college - worked at a reproductive toxicology lab doing animal research
  • 3 years prior to Seymour HS - worked as science teacher at Vitam School (a residential rehabilitation school for troubled teenagers)

Personal Hobbies:

  •  reading, cooking, beachcombing

Why is it great to be a Wildcat?

  •  Because you can always find someone here that will have your back :)

 


Name: Mrs. Lekas

Position: Science Teacher

Email: clekas@seymourschools.org

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

What were your undergraduate accomplishments?

  • University of Connecticut - Marching Band
    University of Connecticut - Winterguard
    University of Connecticut - Tau Beta Sigma

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
    Master of Science in Biology

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  • 2014

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - 2.5 years
  • The Maritime Aquarium - 5 years

Personal Hobbies:

  • Soccer, Skiing, Traveling, Family, and Friends

 

Name:  Mrs. Dyer

Position:  Science Teacher

Email:  ddyer@seymourschools.org

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

  •  UConn-B.S. in Biology

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  •  Southern CT State University- Teacher Certification Program
  • University of New Haven-M.S. Forensic Science-Advanced Investigation

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  •  2014

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician at Bridgeport American Medical Response and Norwalk
  • Hospital Paramedics (still work in Norwalk).
  • Teacher at Oxford High School for 5 years

Why is it great to be a Wildcat?

  •  Because of the team-mentality and warmth of the teachers and students in this school.

 

Name:  Mr. Zeppetello

Position:  Science Teacher

Email:  kzeppetello@seymourschools.org

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

  •  B.S., (1989), Geochemistry, State University of New York, Oswego, NY.

What were your undergraduate accomplishments?

  •  Outstanding Geology Graduate, SUNY at Oswego, 1989.

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  •  6th Year Teaching Certificate, (2008), Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
  • Teacher License, (2002), Accelerated Pathways to Teaching, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.
  • M.S., (1992), Geology (Emphasis in Chemistry), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Graduate accomplishments:

  •  Master's Thesis Defense, Extraterrestrial Amino Acids Associated with the K/T Boundary, 1992. Directed an investigation to determine if rare to nonexistent non-biogenic amino acids could be associated with Cretaceous-Tertiary outcrops from the Raton basin in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
  • Geology Teaching Assistant of the Year, ASU, 1991.

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  •  2003

Teacher accomplishments at SHS:

  •  PUBLICATIONS
    • o   Online CFAs – What A Relief! (2010): By K. Zeppetello and M. Sirowich, From the Connecticut Journal of Science Education, V. 48 No. 1, Fall - Winter 2010, A publication of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, CSTA.
    • o   Dinosaur Demise from a Collision: A Theory in the Making (2008): From the Connecticut Journal of Science Education, V. 47 No. 1, Fall - Winter 2008 2009, A publication of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, CSTA.

After School activities:  

  • Chess Club (2014-present)

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  •  Senior Project Scientist, Roy F. Weston, Inc., May 2001 to July 2002.
    Provided hydrogeologic technical support to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Hydrogeologist, Arizona Department Environmental Quality, May 1994 to January 2001.
  • Staff Hydrogeologist, South Pass Resources, Inc., May 1993 to March 1994.
  • Assistant Hydrogeologist Dames & Moore, July 1992 to May 1993.

Personal Hobbies:

  •  Astronomy, Astrophotography, Hiking, Skiing, Shoveling the driveway, Mowing the lawn

Why is it great to be a Wildcat?

  •  Because you get find the answers to life's persistent questions!
    (Thanks Guy Noir and Garrison Keillor)

Name:  Mr. Sirowich

Position:  Science Teacher

Email:  msirowich@seymourschools.org

Where did you go to college for your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

  •  I went to Union College. My major was Civil Engineering

What were your undergraduate accomplishments?

  • I played three varsity sports in college. ( Football, indoor track and outdoor track)
  • I was president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Where did you go for your graduate degree and what was your major?

  • I went to Southern Connecticut University to get my teaching certification and I also earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Science.

What year did you start teaching at SHS?

  •  2004

After School activities:  

  • I am an assistant Track coach
  • I also coached Football and Strength and Conditioning in the past.

Did you work in any professional fields prior to becoming a teacher?

  •  I worked as an Environmental Engineer before becoming a teacher.

Personal Hobbies:

  •  I like riding my bike.

Why is it great to be a Wildcat?

  •  It’s a great day to be a Wildcat because we are family and take care of each other!