Andrew Kelderman Instructor: Bio-Med 2: Honors Chemistry
I am greatly blessed to teach Chemistry in the same school that I am an alumnus of. After graduating from North High, I attended Wichita State University where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Teaching. I believe in the power of connecting real life stories and analogies to some of the more abstract concepts in chemistry in order to increase understanding. I seek to motivate and empower students with passion not only for science but in life as a whole. If I am not teaching at North High, you will find me engaged with the same types of activities elsewhere volunteering time with clients of the International Rescue Committee, working on community events in my neighborhood, mentoring young people from various backgrounds, and many other activities that involve my family, food, travel, or the outdoors.
Like my brother, I am also greatly blessed to be teaching at my alma mater! After graduating from North High, I attended Wichita State University with the intent of eventually attending medical school. I started tutoring in science at North High, however, and loved the students of North High so much that I switched majors and finished with a B.A. in Secondary Education: Biological Sciences. The Bio-Med program is a merging of these two loves—medicine and teaching high school students. I am currently teaching Bio-Medical Innovations, Bio-Med 1 Honors Biology, Engineering Essentials, and Introduction to Engineering Design. Outside of school you can find me curled up with a great book, walking/wading/kayaking the Arkansas River with my dogs, or discussing the big ideas of life around a fire with family, friends, and alumni. I can’t wait to meet you, hear your story, and work to help you reach your fullest potential!
Brittni Mayagoitia Bio-Med Coordinator Instructor: Bio-Med 3: Medical Anatomy and Physiology, Senior Certifications, PLTW: Human Body Systems
I am so happy and proud to be the newest instructor of the North High Science Department and BioMed Program. I taught courses including A&P, Forensic Science, Biology, and Zoology at Heights High School for nearly a decade, and I was even able to take students all over the globe with EF Tours. Before coming to North, I also studied in Wichita State’s cadaver lab, volunteered for the American Red Cross, worked at St. Francis in the therapy department as a Rehabilitation Technician, and worked at Founder’s Circle as a Medical Scribe for a gastroenterologist. On the side, I continue to work as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. I love to travel, go camping, spend time with family, eat good food, and walk my dog! I hope my experiences, expertise, and passion for science and health care inspires the next generation of health care professionals at North High!
Paige Tillotson Instructor: PLTW: Principles of Bio-Medical Sciences
Jill Pelz Instructor: PLTW: Medical Interventions
I have been teaching for 10 years. I am thrilled to be teaching Medical Interventions for the first time this year. Excited to be a part of the North High staff and the Bio-Med program. I received my Bachelor’s through Wichita State University, earned my Secondary Licensure through Southwestern College and completed my Master’s from Newman University. Outside of the classroom you can find me spending time with my family. I enjoy being outdoors, gardening, summer, and a cold glass of Dr. Pepper.