Ms. Mary Jo Bolster



Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. University of Texas, Austin M.S. University of Colorado, Boulder

Ms. Mary Jo Bolster

I’m glad you’re here! I began working at Reagan in 2000 and have taught Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics C, AP Physics 1, OnRamps Physics, and AP Biology; I have also taught for SAC and been faculty for UT Austin.  I am married and have two sons who went through Reagan. They are both successful, one in science and one in finance, and credit Reagan as important to their success. They saw that Reagan graduates were much better prepared for college than other UT Austin students. I want to help you be prepared, too: I truly care that we help you grow to see your full potential, and succeed in your dream. I'm  here for YOU. If you need to send me a written message, use email to Don't ask for help by comments within Google Classroom because I won't see those in time to help you. If possible, ask your questions in class, 'in person' because that's faster than emailing, even in our virtual setting.

Before I decided to become a high school teacher, my title was Faculty Researcher in Neurobiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I worked on the cellular basis of learning. I love to hike and always have fun in the mountains. This summer I did a lot of hiking in spite of the pandemic when we rented cabins to go safely 'isolate' in the mountains near Cloudcroft and Mayhill, NM. Do you like to travel? One of these photos was taken at Johnson Space Center, where I taught for NASA. I hope you'll ask me about NASA's HAS program and consider going there yourself. I will post a link to the online application when NASA makes it available.  I encourage you to work hard to get the most you can out of your experience at Reagan High School.

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Class Schedule

  • 1st Period  (8:55 -  9:47) PreAP Physics
    2nd Period (9:52 - 10:45) AP Physics 1 OnRamps
    3rd Period  (10:50 - 11:40) AP Physics 1 OnRamps 
    4th Period  (11:45 - 12:35) Lunch 
    5th Period  (12:40 - 1:30) PreAP Physics
    6th Period  (1:35 - 2:25) PreAP Physics
    7th Period  (2:30 - 3:20) Conference, Planning, Grading
    8th Period  (3:25 - 4:15) PreAP Physics