Science

The primary goal of the Science Department of De Smet Jesuit High School is to support the school’s mission statement of providing a challenging, academic environment built on Ignation values.

The DeSmet science student:

  • Understands and is able to apply scientific principles
  • Has the ability to collect, organize and present scientific data
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Uses technology as a scientific tool
  • Has an awareness of contemporary scientific issues as they relate to our moral and Catholic beliefs

The De Smet Jesuit Science Department believes the student should have an understanding and appreciation for the physical and natural laws that function in our universe. Understanding these concepts will assist each student in his realization of De Smet’s Graduate-at-Graduation goals.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand & apply scientific principles
  • Collect, organize, analyze, interpret and present scientific data
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations
  • Demonstrate scientific skills including associated technologies
  • Solve problems (Identify and organize what is known and not known in a problem; Identify assumptions)
  • Write lab reports
  • See science in our everyday experiences
  • Unify concepts and processes across scientific disciplines
  • Identify current social topics related to science
  • Understand the dynamic nature of scientific theories
  • Appreciate how we know what we know
  • Understand and apply the scientific method
  • Work collaboratively on experiments and activities

Science Department Faculty

Mariette Baxendale

Mariette Baxendale

Titles: Science Department Chair
Degrees: B.S. in Biology, Rockhurst University
M.S. in Research - Biology, Saint Louis University
Ph.D. in Biology, Saint Louis University
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Harold Barker

Harold Barker

Titles: Science Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director
Degrees: B.A., Biology, Washington University
M.S., Athletic Administration, Ohio University
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Robert Behm

Robert Behm

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Chicago
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis
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Gene Bender

Gene Bender

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Science Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.A. in Teaching/Educational Technology, Webster University
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Aedryan Cox

Aedryan Cox

Titles: Science Teacher, Head Wrestling Coach
Degrees: BS, Athletic Training, Lindenwood University
MA, Education, Lindenwood University
EdD, Instructional Leadership, Lindenwood University
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Evan Jenkins

Evan Jenkins

Class of 2013
Titles: Science Teacher, Robotics Coach
Degrees: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia
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John Reyes

John Reyes

Class of 1994
Titles: Science Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, Sophomore Soccer Coach
Degrees: B.S., Biology, Western Illinois University
James Walsh

James Walsh

Class of 1976
Titles: Science Teacher, NHS Moderator
Degrees: B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Dayton
M.A.T. in Educational Technology, Webster University
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