About Teacher

Phone: 480-575-2504


Degrees and Certifications:

AZ Certified in Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science, and General Science B.S. Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1993, Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa M.S. Geosciences (Petrology/Structural Geology), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1997 Secondary Teacher Education Program, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1999

Mrs. Jennifer Reisener

This is my 23nd year as a classroom science teacher (21st year at CSHS).  As a science major at both the undergraduate and graduate level, my perspective on teaching and learning has been strongly influenced by my own teachers, who were not only excellent instructors, but also professional scientists.  I believe that my background adds an essential layer of authenticity to the classroom experience.  My science training and experiences strongly impact the learning activities that I provide and the depth of understanding that I impart.  In addition, my experiences with students in the classroom have greatly helped to guide and refine my instructional practices through the years.  My expectations for students are high, but I provide abundant support structures, and I work hard to help all students find success.  In the 21st century, a fundamental understanding of chemistry and physics is an essential component to being an informed and engaged citizen.  An understanding of chemistry and physics also provides an important pathway to many STEM careers.

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Tips for Success in Chemistry and Physics:

1)  Be an authentic learner.  Dig in, get dirty, and learn from your mistakes.  Mistakes are essential for learning to occur.  Mistakes are not shameful.  Learning is a messy but fun process!

2)  Don't be shy!  Ask a lot of specific questions.  No one explanation works for 100% of the people 100% of the time.  Ask for more clarification!  Ask for another example!  

3)  Study frequently so that you can chew up the content in small chunks.  In fact, that is why homework is assigned.  It makes you review what we've learned in class.  Do your best on homework.  It is rarely graded and we review the answers the next day.  Homework review helps you to correct your misconceptions, make connections, and achieve mastery.  Class time is for student collaboration.  Homework is for individual reflection.  Both collaboration and individual reflection are required to learn any content deeply.

4)  Study in small groups.  Discussing chemistry or physics with other people in your class is not only fun, but it also helps you to see other people's perspectives on the information and how they are working to understand and internalize it.

5)  Come to office hours for individualized help as needed.  Office hours are held at least 2-3 times per week.  It is to be expected that you will need some individualized help from time to time and that is why teachers hold office hours.

6)  Try not to miss class time.  You will miss out on experiences that cannot be fully duplicated during office hours.