A Flight Above The Rest

Science Department


The WORLD CLASS Hinkley Science Department is dedicated to ensuring that students learn to think critically and solve problems. We use inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum to ensure that students use their brains to connect in-class learning to real-life experiences. All of our freshmen take Physics to create a solid foundation in fundamental, observable science as well as build mathematical reasoning, computation, and graphing skills. Sophomores take Chemistry, where they learn about the world that is too small to see and make connections between macroscopic and nanoscopic properties of materials as well as using symbols to represent scientific phenomena. Finally, in their Junior and Senior years, our students make the choice between Biology, the study of life, IB Biology or IB Chemistry, or Senior Physics. Graduating seniors are able to explain and represent the world around them in a variety of ways, ask good questions, and design inquiries to answer questions of their own.


In addition, our department sponsors the IB LIGHTS Health Sciences Academy, wherein students take classes in the biomedical sciences as an early preparation for a future career in health professions. Our LIGHTS kids also get to participate in extracurricular activities and field trips to explore their future options.

Science Instructors


Dina Abu-Hilalddabu-hilal@aurorak12.org303-326-3576Intro to Chemistry I,
MYP Honors Chemistry, Chemistry 1
Joshua Apple303-326-2000Chemistry 1, MYP Chemistry
Shannon BoutwellSCBOUTWELL@aurorak12.org303-326-2000Physics 1, MYP Honors Physics
Sunshine Duexsaduex@aurorak12.org303-326-3350Biology 1, Biology HL
Amanda Geater303-326-2000Physics 1, MYP Honors Physics
Alice Gerkin-Brauer303-326-2000Biology 1
Lee Gillilandltgilliland@aurorak12.org303-326-3242DP Biology HL 2, DP Biology SL 1, Biology 1
Sean HaggertySWHAGGERTY@aurorak12.org303-326-4623MYP Honors Chemistry, Chemistry 1
Adam HengenAJHENGEN@aurorak12.org303-326-2000Intro to Engineering and Design, DP Chemistry SL, Chemistry 1
Nathan Holton303-326-2000MYP Honors Chemistry, Physics 1
Emma McCourtEJMCCOURT@aurorak12.org303-326-3272DP Biology SL 1, DP Biology SL 2
John Miller -
Asst. Dept. Chair
jjmiller@aurorak12.org303-326-3540DP Physics SL, Physics 1, MYP Honors Physics
Susan Mumford-Hartleysemumford-hartley@aurorak12.org303-326-4863Human Body Systems,
Medical Interventions
Jason ReimerJRREIMER@aurorak12.org303-326-2000MYP Honors Physics, Energy Resources & Environment, Principals of Engineering
Jennifer Van Gundyjlvangundy@aurorak12.org303-326-4445MYP Honors Physics, Biomedical Innovation, Principals Biomedical Sciences