Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Ms. Venegas was born in Washington, DC and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She graduated from Annapolis High School and received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Venegas worked for ten years as a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice working in the development of industrial wastewater standards and the enforcement and compliance of air and water regulations. Ms. Venegas has taught science in public and private schools for the past eight years, including Royal Palm Academy and Saint John Neumann Catholic High School where she taught Chemistry, Marine Biology and AP Environmental Science. This year Ms. Venegas will be teaching Algebra I, Middle School Science and the Introduction to Engineering encore. Ms. Venegas moved to Naples from Annapolis in July of 2005. When not working, Ms. Venegas enjoys spending time with her two children, Noah and Isabella.
I am a Chemistry teacher at Maple Grove Senior High in Maple Grove, MN. I love working with students and believe that challenging students at their ability level is important to get them ready for post high school success. An appropriate level of challenge helps you learn time management and study skills! I am a visual learner, but I try to remember that not everyone can be successful by just reading information. I love science, and believe that science and technology are important fields for all students to study. My hobbies involve reading and gardening, along with camping and enjoying the outdoors. One of my favorite places to camp is the North Shore of Lake Superior. My daughter is my camping companion most of the time, and our goal is to camp and hike in every state. We have been to many, but still have quite a lot to go!
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.