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Degrees: M.S. in Molecular Biosciences - Northwestern University M.A.Ed in Education and Teaching - Alliant International University Ed.D Candidate in Educational Leadership & Management - Alliant International University Certifications: Life Science 7-12 Chemistry 7-12

Ms. Yujia Ding

Methods of Academic and Personal Success

Yujia Ding is a STEM educator and disability advocate with a passion for sharing her love of biology with her students. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education where she seeks to explore how to make STEM accessible to individuals with disabilities. Her personal experiences and her students motivate her to keep fighting every day, despite the challenges she faces. Yujia was the Los Angeles Unified School District Rookie of the Year recipient for the 2020-2021 school year. She is a proud Northwestern University Alumna seeking to leave a positive impact for future generations of scientists. Yujia strives to show her students nothing is impossible. The word itself spells "I'm possible".

 

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Degrees: BA Biology/Chemistry - University of North Texas MS Biology/Chemistry - Texas Tech University Certifications: Science (8-12) Mathematics (8-12) Computer Science (8-12) Mathematics/Science (4-8) Health (EC-12) English as a Second Language (EC-12) Gifted and Talented Supplemental (EC-12)

Mr. Phillip Keller

Biology

Phillip Keller was born in Portland, Oregon and his family relocated to Texas and settled in Dallas. He and his sister grew up primarily in the Oak Cliff area, attending Lida Hooe Elementary, Greiner Middle School, and Sunset High School until 10th grade, and then graduating from Bryan Adams High School. He attended El Centro in downtown Dallas and graduated with a BA in Biological Science from the University of North Texas. After UNT, he became the Lab Coordinator and Instructional Assistant at Richland College before attending Texas Tech and graduating with a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences.
 
Mr. Keller worked in industry in the area of instrumentation and scientific computing for two decades and then became a high school science teacher and later an adjunct professor at Dallas College on the Mountain View campus. Mr. Keller is a published researcher and most recently taught Dual Credit Chemistry and Biology at Trinidad Garza ECHS from 2008 - 2021. After taking a sabbatical, we at North Lake ECHS were lucky enough to convince him to come back to the early college classroom and teach our wonderful students. Mr. Keller was an instrumental part of the Trinidad Garza ECHS team that won two National Blue Ribbons from the US Department of Education in 2016 and 2021.
 
Phillip, also known as Phil, has three grown sons and was active in Boy Scouts during their formative years. Phillip enjoys reading and is active in hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and travel. His travels this past year included an extended stay in southern Colorado and travel in France.

 

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Degrees: BS in Biology - University of Texas at Arlington Certification: Life Science 7-12

Mrs. Ana Martinez

Biology

My name is Ana Martinez and I am the Honors Biology Teacher for North Lake Early College High School. I am a first generation college-graduate and I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of 2022. This will be my first year teaching and I am excited to mold the minds of students. My goal is to get to know my students so I can best meet their needs. I focus on not only their cognitive development but also their emotional and social wellbeing, which is equally necessary for learning to occur. 

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Degrees: BS in Biology - University of Puerto Rico Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Medical Technology - University of Puerto Rico-Medical Science Campus M.Ed. with a minor in Early Childhood - University of Austin Peay State University Certifications: Biology 7-12 Chemistry 7-12

Mrs. Wilma Martinez

Chemistry

I was born on the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Science Campus. I worked as an ASCP-certified Medical Technologist in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Tennessee for over five years. It was this experience in the medical field that led me to feel passionate about teaching science and pursuing a career in education. In 2001, I earned my master’s degree in education with a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

My teaching career started in August 2001 in the state of Tennessee. I taught there for ten years as a biology and chemistry teacher at the middle and high school levels. In 2011, I relocated back to Puerto Rico and taught at a private school for eleven years as an AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Biology teacher.

I believe that students take ownership of their learning when educators, administrators, and all staff members provide students with ample opportunities to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters the discovery of their individual talents. As part of my teaching philosophy, I envision each student as a global leader who will shape a changing world with integrity and compassion. As an Honors Chemistry teacher at North Lake Early College High School, I am excited to be part of this AWESOME team of professionals and committed to continuing my passion for teaching. This is going to be an AMAZING year!