AMERICAN STUDIES

American Literature and American History are combined to form a series of thematic and chronological projects, from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, with a major emphasis on college-preparatory writing and research.

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Andre Baldauf
Andre Baldauf is one-half of the American Studies class teaching a combination of American Literature and United States History.   Andre Baldauf has been teaching at New Tech since 2008. If not in his Political Studies class, Mr. Baldauf can be found modeling correct PE participation. If you look for Mr. Baldauf after school, he can be found near or in the the closest ocean.
Nancy Hale
Nancy Hale
Ms. Hale has taught at New Tech for 10 years. She holds the record for having the most team teachers, but is delighted to be teaching American Studies with Mr. Baldauf once again. Ms. Hale has a BA in English from Northwestern University, a masters in Film from San Francisco State, and a teaching credential from Sonoma State. When not in Napa, Ms. Hale can be found traveling throughout the world.
ART 2

Art 2 is a one year course continuation of College prep Art 1, which is a prerequisite. Students further develop their techniques and explore figurative work through a variety of media. This course challenges students to step outside their comfort zone and learn to see as an artist. Students are exposed to art history and contemporary artists throughout the year. Art 2 is a college prep A-G approved course. Students will further their skills in creating both written and verbal artist statements of their work.

PREREQUISITE: ART 1

Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett teaches all levels of Art and Drama at NTHS. She came to NTHS in 2004 with our first Freshman class. Ms. Dennett started the NTHS Drama program and directs our school's annual play. She loves to paint, garden and kayak and spends her time promoting the arts any way she can.
ART 4

The Art 4 course can be either an AP course following the AP Studio Art guidelines or a portfolio class where student create a professional portfolio of their work. Media is open to both traditional or digital based art creation. Students will be developing their skills as professional artists through observation and exploration. Each student will write professional artist statements for each completed piece of work. The process will be documented in a year long blog.

PREREQUISITE: ART 3 or teacher approval through portfolio submission

Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett teaches all levels of Art and Drama at NTHS. She came to NTHS in 2004 with our first Freshman class. Ms. Dennett started the NTHS Drama program and directs our school's annual play. She loves to paint, garden and kayak and spends her time promoting the arts any way she can.
BIO-FITNESS

This is an introductory survey course on contemporary biology, physical education, and health education, which fulfills the college entrance laboratory science requirements for the University of California, physical education and health standards. Students will be able to recognize, discuss and correctly apply fundamental biological principles influencing his or her personal relationship with other living things. Furthermore, students will be able to apply their knowledge of basic biological principles to the problems humans face in a modern technological society. The students will also be able to develop their own personal fitness and nutrition plan with a deep understanding of the biology that makes their plan relevant.

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Christie Wolf
Christie Wolf teaches Biofitness. She has a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a Master's in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Mrs. Wolf is particularly passionate about health, working with and for the environment, and the arts.
Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf teaches Biofitness. He has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master's in Sports Psychology from JFK University. Mr. Wolf is an avid sports fan, music fan, and New Tech's Ultimate Frisbee coach.
CHEMISTRY

Students investigate the properties of matter and energy, including the characteristics of elements, periodic properties, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and thermodynamics. This is a lab-based class.

PREREQUISITE: MATH 1 with a C or better or equivalent.

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Angelene Warnock

Angelene Warnock teaches chemistry, biology, and computer sciences. She is a UC Davis graduate and a life long learner. In her spare time, she enjoys taking open courseware classes, gaming, hiking, and spending time with her family.

COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS

This is a yearlong course designed to prepare students to enter the college and/or career of their choice. Successful completion in this course results in 10 graduation credits and 3 college credits, as the course is aligned to Napa Valley College’s COUN 110 Career/Life Plan course.

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Ali Poseley
Ali Poseley is the College and Career Success teacher.  She joins New Tech High in 2016-2017 coming from the private industry in San Francisco.  Mrs. Poseley is a graduate of New Tech High!
COMPUTER SCIENCE & DESIGN

Computer Science & Design or (ECS) is a yearlong introductory computer science course that investigates Human Computer Interaction, Logic and Problem-Solving, Web Design and Coding. In the robotics unit, students will build and program their own robots. No previous programming or computer science experience is necessary.

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Ardeshir Amiri
Ardeshir Amiri is a computer science teacher.  He joins New Tech High in 2016-2017 coming from teaching in the greater Los Angeles area.
CREATIVE STUDIES

This class integrates English 9 with Visual Performing Arts. Students produce a variety of performance-based projects exploring literary themes and genres, with an emphasis on the classics such as Homer’s Odyssey & William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Students will learn basic presentation skills as well as how to give “evidence based” feedback to peers.

Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett
Margaret Dennett teaches all levels of Art and Drama at NTHS. She came to NTHS in 2004 with our first Freshman class. Ms. Dennett started the NTHS Drama program and directs our school's annual play. She loves to paint, garden and kayak and spends her time promoting the arts any way she can.
Karen Provenza
Karen Provenza
Karen Provenza teaches 9th grade Communications Studies, a collaborative English and Drama class. She also specializes in strategies to assist language learners and struggling students to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. She's an avid swimmer and enjoys any activity that involves sharing ideas.
CREATIVE WRITING
Karen Provenza
Karen Provenza
Karen Provenza teaches 9th grade Communications Studies, a collaborative English and Drama class. She also specializes in strategies to assist language learners and struggling students to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. She's an avid swimmer and enjoys any activity that involves sharing ideas.
CREDIT RECOVERY

Credit Recovery is an opportunity for students to receive for credit for achieving mastery in a subject that they might have struggled with in a prior attempt.

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Andre Baldauf
Andre Baldauf is one-half of the American Studies class teaching a combination of American Literature and United States History.   Andre Baldauf has been teaching at New Tech since 2008. If not in his Political Studies class, Mr. Baldauf can be found modeling correct PE participation. If you look for Mr. Baldauf after school, he can be found near or in the the closest ocean.