About Mrs. Penny Kalscheur...
Position: 8th Grade Honors Investigative Science and 8th Grade Integrated Science Teacher
Team/Department: Science Department
Mrs. Kalscheur is excited to be part of the Casteel Colts’ Science Department. She hopes to stimulate students’ interest in science, specifically in S.T.E.M., and prepare them adequately for the rigor of high school. Students will learn the value of using the scientific method in every aspect of their lives to solve problems within science and outside of it. Junior high coursework is designed to be an introduction to high school and will serve as a basic foundation in the areas of lab safety; Earth science; physical science; chemistry; life science; health; and environmental science.
My Education and Professional Background
Mrs. Kalscheur has been teaching Junior High Science (on-level and honors) at Casteel High School since 2016. She has a Post-Baccalaureate in Secondary Education in Communications and Science, along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business - Marketing. She formerly was Casteel High School's Athletic Webmaster from 2019 - 2020; taught Entrepreneurship and Sports & Entertainment Marketing with Chandler Online Academy from 2018 - 2019; was a Certified Advanced Learning Coach with K-12’s Arizona Virtual Academy from 2007 - 2015; and was a Volleyball Coach at Andersen Junior High from 2004 - 2008. Her multidisciplinary career includes graphic design and advertising (19 years.); marketing business consultant (15 years.); retail sales (9 years); corporate entrepreneur (7 years, where she owned and operated 4 companies ranging from marketing and business services, gift towers, and property rentals); and real estate (5 years).
My Educational Philosophy
"Science encompasses every aspect of our lives, even if we are not cognitively aware of it. From the design of our toothbrushes to the applications found on our cell phones, science is somehow involved. It is how we understand, function, explore and engage in the world around us. We live in the age of the technological revolution where S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is in high demand and is the buzz word in education, as well as, within the competitive career fields. As a teacher, I hope to create a love and passion for science for my students and give them a competitive advantage in the world. I believe that every student deserves the right to an education and should be encouraged to meet their full potential, not only in school, but also in life."