STEM Need to Know


    Students looking to participate in the STEM Academy will need to complete certain course requirements to obtain and maintain eligibility.  The list below outlines when classes need to be completed in order to fulfill the STEM Academy requirements by the end of the senior year:

    STEM Academy requirements: (by the end of senior year)

    • 6 math credits (AP course and/ or college course required)
    • 5 science credits (AP course and/ or college course required)
    • complete the Capstone Project (junior or senior year)

    Middle School Pre-STEM Course Requirements:

    • Algebra I
    • Geometry

    Freshmen Courses:

    • STEM Academy applications are available after in January 1st and are due in February
    • STEM Academy Application 2017-18 version
    • Courses:
      • Intro to Engineering and Design
      • Honors Geometry or Algebra II
      • Honors Biology

    Sophomore Courses:

    • Honors Algebra II (completed Honors Geometry in 9th grade)
    • Honors Trigonometry/ Honors Pre-Calculus (completed Algebra II in 9th grade)
    • Honors Chemistry
    • Honors Physics (optional)

    Junior Courses:

    • Honors Trigonometry/ Honors Pre-Calculus (completed Algebra II in 10th grade)
    • AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics (completed Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus in 10th grade)
    • Capstone Research & Design - Capstone project begins in the fall and completed in May - (option 1)
    • Honors Physics
    • AP Science (optional)

    Senior Courses:

    • AP Calculus AB (completed Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus in 11th grade)
    • AP Calculus BC (completed AP Calculus AB in 11th grade)
    • AP Statistics  (completed Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus in 11th grade)
    • College Math
    • Capstone Research & Design - Capstone project begins in the fall and completed in May - (option 2)
    • AP Science or College Level Science course

    Upon completion, profile sent to colleges in applications, along with transcripts

    Below are the STEM Lead Teachers for each school who can provide additional information and answer questions. Feel free to contact them or the school guidance office.

    Jacob Zalkind: Bohemia Manor High School

    My name is Jacob and I am the Honors STEM Research and Design Capstone teacher at Bohemia Manor High School.  In addition to my duties as STEM Lead teacher at Bohemia Manor I am also certified to teach Physics and Chemistry and have experience teaching Zoology and Earth Science in my experience as a Teacher.  Outside of teaching I have been swimming competitively for 18 years and currently serve as an assistant swim coach at the Cecil County YMCA.  Originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Shippensburg University with a degree in Physics.  While at Shippensburg, I swam competitively on the varsity swim team, serving as captain my senior year, was a member of the Society of Physics Students, The National Physics Fraternity, Sigma-Pi-Sigma, a member of the American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT) and conducted research in the field of Physics Education and the History of Physics, presenting my research in the History of Physics at the 2015 AAPT Winter Conference in San Diego.  Outside of Academics, I enjoy reading, watching movies (and cat videos), hiking outdoors, swimming and travelling to see new place (I have been to and explored 20 States in the US!)

    Jana Nietmann: Elkton High School

    My name is Jana Nietmann and I have taught in Cecil County for two years, I currently teach Biology, Anatomy and STEM Capstone. I am from Calvert County, MD and I moved here in 2014. I taught middle and high school science in Calvert County for three years. I have been married for four years and we have one son. I graduated from McDaniel College with a Biology degree. I furthered my education at Notre Dame of Maryland and earned a Masters in Education. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family.


    Kerry Anne Kedzierski: North East High School

    Kerry Anne Kedzierski graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelors of Science in Physics Education in 1997.  She began teaching at North East High School in 1998.  Miss Kedzierski earned her Masters of Science in Education from The Johns Hopkins University in 2008.  She was North East High School’s Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.  Miss Kedzierski specializes in integrating art into the STEM classroom.


    Larry Sickels: Perryville High School

    My name is Larry Sickels and I am the STEM lead / PLTW Biomedical Science teacher at Perryville High School. I am 1999 graduate of NEHS, a 2003 graduate of Roger Williams University (BS in Marine Biology), and a 2005 graduate of Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Arts in Teaching). I began my teaching career in Baltimore City in 2003. In 2010, I transferred to CCPS. I taught at the Cecil Alternative Program (CAP) and RSHS before starting my current position at PHS in the fall of 2015.


    Richard Braco: Rising Sun High School

    I am the STEM Lead Teacher at Rising Sun High School.