Science Department

Department Head

Dr. Scott Sowell

Phone: 904-630-6800 ext. 317

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Degrees and Certifications:

PhD Science Education, MS Science Education, BS Biology, BA Spanish

Dr. Scott Sowell

Courses:Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Senior Seminar Capstone Research

Years Experience: 21

Achievements: 2012 Duval County Teacher of the Year; 2016 Recipient of the Gladys Prior Award for Career Teaching Excellence; Member of Leadership in Education (Leadership Florida); Howard Huges Medical Institute Biointeractive Ambassador; Mentor Teacher; Recipient of grants to fund science education projects such as recycling, vermicomposting, and school landscaping; Presenter at various regional, state, and national conferences

Did You Know?I love the outdoors/wildlife and especially herpetology!  

Extracurricular: Sponsor of the Junior Class, Envirothon Club, and the Gay/Straight Alliance

A penny for your thoughts... The science teachers at Darnell-Cookman are passionate about their subjects and their students' success! We want all students to learn science by doing science…so scientific inquiry is at the heart of all of our classrooms.  Therefore, students here at Darnell-Cookman are practicing real science every day!

 

 

 

Middle School Teachers

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Ms. Magby

Phone: 630-6800

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Ms. Magby

Courses: 8th Grade Advanced Science

Years Experience: 15

Achievements: 2016-2017 Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts Teacher of the Year

Favorite Quote:“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” - Martin Luther King  

Extracurricular: Aspire to Impact Co-sponsor

Ms. Magby wants you to know- Teaching science at Darnell Cookman is an awesome experience!  Students are eager to learn even though they know they year will be challenging. We experiment, observe, infer, and research theories and new ideas! Science is FUN and CHALLENGING at Darnell Cookman!!!! 

Ms. Matteson

Phone: 630-6800

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS Natural Science Education, MS General Education

Ms. Matteson

Courses: Advanced Honors Biology (8th grade) Accelerated Comprehensive Science Course 2 (7th grade)

Years Experience: 30

Achievements: R.L. Brown Teacher of the Year 1990, Darnell Cookman Teacher of the Year 1997, National Board Certified 2004

Did You Know? Ms. Matteson's goal is to visit all of the National Parks in the U.S. When it all over, Ms. Mateson's next career may be Doggie Rescue. Fun Factoid/Believe It Or Not....Ms. Matteson has taught every grade 1-9 since 1987.

Extracurricular: Coached 35 teams of Volleyball and Softball 1994 - 2012, Initiated Driftwood Field Trip - A Darnell Tradition Since 1994, Participation in NEFRSEF 1999 - present, Sponsor of Science Club and Muslim Student Association 

 

Ms. Nanney

Phone: (904) 630-6800 ext 1133

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Education in Physical Sciences

Ms. Nanney

Courses: M/J Comprehensive Science Accelerated Honors 1 and 2

Years Experience: 29

Achievements: National Board Certified Teacher (Adolescence Science), Florida Association of Science Teachers, Past President Science Scope Magazine Field Editor
FAST, NSTA, FASS, ASCD  multiple presentations

Did You Know?  Ms. Nanney is preparing students for careers that don't yet exist. 

Extracurricular: Sponsor-  Driftwood, Science Club, UF Health Research Day

Ms. Nanney says- Students in Accelerated Science are challenged to complete three years of middle school science in two years.  I have the freedom to design lessons that push the gifted/talented student to meet and exceed this fast paced curriculum.  I am privileged to work with science educators who are passionate, life-long learners.  We collaborate to bring lessons to our students that are relevant, rigorous, and aligned. 

Ms. Puranam

Phone: 630-6800

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Bachelor of Science, Masters in Sericulture (Silkworms and Silk Technology)

Ms. Puranam

Courses: Advanced Comprehensive Science 1&2

Years Experience: 8

Achievements: Jax Powerup Grant winner 2015-2016  

Did You Know? Ms. Puranam likes sewing and embroidery (both hand and machine). Ms. Puranam plays Veena (an Indian Classical music instrument).
"Live as If you were to die tomorrow. Learn as If you were to live forever."

Extracurricular: Multicultural Club Sponsor 

Ms. Puranam wants you to know- Our department is unique as we care and share with each other and strengthen our learning together . We work and support each other as a family. We love learning new things together. 

 

High School

Ms. Fiser

Phone: (904)630-6800 ext

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Bachelors in Nursing, Masters in Biology

Ms. Fiser

Courses: Comp. AP Biology and Case Studies in Medicine

Years Experience: 10

Achievements: Community First and JPEF: Innovation in Education 2015; Numerous small grant awards. (To be continued)

Did You Know? Ms. Fiser Love animals. She has a dog, three cats, birds, turtles, fish, snails, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.   

Ms. Fiser wants you to know- We "Do" Science here at Darnell. It's fun, yet challenging. The bell rings and you can't believe it's time for the class to be over.

 

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Ms. McGurr

Phone: (904)630-6800

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BA Zoology

Ms. McGurr

Courses: Comp. Biology Honors I and Zoology

Years Experience: 10

Achievements: 2016 D-C Faculty Spelling Bee Champion 

Did You Know? Ms. McGurr has a polychaete named after her, Chaetozone michellae! Ms. McGurr is a certified SCUBA diver who doesn't get into the water nearly often enough for her liking. 

Extracurricular: Ms. McGurr is not currently active with extracurricular activities, currently her free time is dedicated to supporting her child as a full-time dance mom :-) 

Ms. McGurr wants you to know- I love the diversity of Darnell-Cookman. Our small population makes it possible to form relationships between students and teachers and those relationships are what, I believe, fosters our safe environment.  

Ms. Thomas

Phone: (904)630-6800 ext 1297

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Bachelors of Education in Physical Sciences

Ms. Thomas

CoursesAP Chemistry and Chemistry Honors

Years Experience: 25

Achievements: Winner of the PowerUP Jax and the winner of the Lighting Round for PowerUP Jax 2016

Did You Know? A fun fact about Ms. Thomas, she has traveled to 7 countries. Ms. Thomas loves to plant vegetables. Her favorite quote, C.S. Lewis: "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny..."

Extracurricular: Science club, Mentor

Ms. Thomas wants you to know- The faculty members and our administrators at Darnell-Cookman are very friendly and to me they are like a family. What I love about this school is that we all share ideas and help each other out to become the most effective teachers in our classrooms. We always work together for the success of our students. Our hope and our goal is to see our students do well in school and be successful in their future endeavors.