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Marschal A. Fazio

Marschal FazioWelcome! I have been a science teacher in Los Angeles, California since 2005. I completed my initial training as a science (specifically life science) teacher in December of 2004 from Warner Pacific College, in Portland, Oregon. I also received my bachelors of Science in Biology from Warner Pacific in May of 2001. I recently received my secondary single subject clear credential from California State University, Northridge.

This coming fall (2017) I am teaching Biology, Marine Biology, ICS and Physiology. This last year I had the opportuity to teach Marine Biology for the first time. I have developed and adapted several laboratory activities and lessons. I will be posting these this summer, so check back in the future.

As part of my continuing professional development I am collaborating with graduate students as part of the SEE-LA GK-12 program, sponsored by UCLA and the National Science Foundation. I am also a mentor teacher for the CalTeach program at UCLA, which allows me an opportunity to mentor aspiring math and science teachers.

My personal interests include hiking, herpetology and photography. I have been an avid photographer for 12 years, although have taken photographs all my life, I consider my first SLR as the beginning of my real adventure into photography. I love all aspect of the hobby from hiking around the Verdugo hills looking for a perfect shot, to processing images in the traditional and digital darkroom. My subject interests include wildlife and landscape photography. I have been hired by several clients to take wedding and senior portraits. Several of my images have also won awards in the Columbia County fair in Saint Helens, Oregon. If you have the time feel free to check out my personal photography blog or my Flickr feed.

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University High School, is a diverse high school of approximately 2,400 students and 100 faculty members, located on a 24-acre campus in West Los Angeles, California. Originally opened in 1924 with the name Warren G. Harding High School its name was later changed to reflect the large number teachers in training from nearby UCLA.

University High School boasts a natural artesian spring that is part of the Ballona watershed. The springs produce 22,000 gallons of water each day, have never failed, even in the driest years, and their presence strongly suggests that the site was a meeting place for Native Americans for thousands of years. In 1975 a grave was discovered just below the southwest end of the main building, containing a small skeleton and soapstone bowls. This grave was dated approximately 4000 BC and the characteristics of the bowls suggested a kinship with the culture of Santa Catalina Island in the same era. The land University High School is situated on is consequently a California State Historical Site (#577). Currently the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe is in the process of restoring the springs, which they call Kuruvungna, to their natural beauty.