Science

Ben Hurley

Sped Science and Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: benjamin.hurley@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Ben Hurley and I am a Special Education Teacher at Scavo High School. I have worked in the district for six years teaching at risk youth. I am very passionate about the work I do, making history current and relatable to a wide range of students.  I have earned a Master’s Degree from Morningside University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University. Some of my hobbies include coaching athletics, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Sherri Huff

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: sherri.huff@dmschools.org

Class Description

Conceptual Physics

Physics helps us to understand how the world around us works. The first semester involves the study of motion, describing it, looking at what causes it, identifying relationships, and making predictions. The second semester explores the concepts of electricity and magnetism and their relationship, and wave phenomena, properties, and applications.

Earth Science

First semester involves all the science that collectively seek to understand the Universe, life cycle of stars, the motion of objects in our solar system, and Earth’s formation and evolution from its beginning. The second semester will look into our dynamic Earth and forces that shape it, human interactions with the Earth’s geologic and environmental systems, and geochemical cycles and energy in the Earth system.

Biography

I graduated from Buena Vista College with a Bachelor of Science majoring in biology and minoring in mathematics and general science. I earned my Master’s in Science Education from the University of Iowa. In 2003, I earned National Board Certification in the area of science. My first teaching experience was at Rolfe High School in Rolfe, Iowa. I taught earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and various math classes. I also coached volleyball and track and drove the bus to the volleyball matches. My second teaching job was at Creston High School in Creston, Iowa. There I taught biology, chemistry, physics, and applied math and also did some coaching of basketball and volleyball. Since 2008, I have taught in the Des Moines School District, first with Future Pathways and now with Scavo High School.

Outside of school I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons, running events and RAGBRAI and working out at Kosama. Completed my first Ironman triathlon on September 11, 2016. I have my openwater scuba diving certificate and have earned a 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do. Can you tell I like challenges? I really enjoy learning and helping students with their learning.

Whitney Wikert-Kuecker

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: whitney.wikertkuecker@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Whitney Wikert and I teach Conceptual Physics and Earth Science at Scavo.  I am from a small town in Iowa and graduated from Drake with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and then a Master of Arts in Teaching.  I taught in the Academic Support Lab at East High School for 6 years, and am excited to be at Scavo.  In my free time I enjoy traveling, doing DIY projects around the house, and spending time with family and friends.