Mrs. Gina V. Gattavara Peterson M.Ed

Phone: 210-356-2900


Degrees and Certifications:

Educational Background AAS Criminal Justice Correctional Science, B.S. Criminal Justice Administration, M.Ed Educational Leadership, AA Anthropology, AAS Liberal Arts, currently working on AAS Environmental Science, one class away from graduation. I hold 36 credit hours in a variety of science related coursework, Certifications 4-8 Generalist 4-8 Science Composite

Mrs. Gina V. Gattavara Peterson M.Ed

I am so excited to say that I am a Bush Bulldog and new 6th grade science teacher at the campus. As a middle school science teacher, I spent my days pushing my students toward higher-level thinking. By integrating critical thinking activities into our daily work, students were able to achieve success. Through hands on lab activities, reading, note taking and presentations together, we would collaborate to understand the key concepts surrounding science. My focus of attention is standards-based lesson and assessment development, looking carefully at objectives and assuring that the lessons and assessments match the expected outcome. After 9 years of teaching, the opportunity arose to be a Science Coach for Regency Place Elementary, and I cannot express the level of excitement I had at the idea of sharing my love of science with the teachers and students I was working with. 

As the Science Instructional Coach at the campus, my goals were to provide leadership and support to fellow Science teachers in meeting the expectations of the state standards and district goals. Through the presentation of professional development activities to campus teachers, encouraging them to examine and analyze each other’s' work and being readily available to assist them, together we built an ARMY of new science nerds. After 2 years in elementary I felt it was time to move back to middle school and to take with it my new found knowledge of the needs of the outgoing fifth graders and incoming sixth graders in middle school.

Know that science is my passion and I wish to make it the passion in the hearts of all student that I work with. I live, eat, breathe and dream science. I believe that all students have the ability within them to be successful. Knowing this and believing in themselves, that is half the battle, and the other half is never underestimating what you are capable of achieving.  This is going to be a great year and I look forward to being back in middle school and working with all of the bulldogs.




  • The Planets: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Solar System

    by DK Year Published:

    Featuring all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency, The Planets is an awe-inspiring journey through the Solar System, from Earth to Mars and beyond.

    Viewed layer by layer, planets and other objects in the Solar System are taken out of the night sky and presented on a white background, revealing every detail of their surface and internal anatomy in astonishing detail.

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  • Geology Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonde

    by Garrett Romaine Year Published:

    Dig in and learn about the Earth under your feet. Geology Lab for Kids features 52 simple, inexpensive, and fun experiments that explore the Earth’s surface, structure, and processes.

    This family-friendly guide explores the wonders of geology, such as the formation of crystals and fossils, the layers of the Earth’s crust, and how water shapes mountains, valleys, and canyons. There is no excuse for boredom with a year’s worth of captivating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities.

    In this book, you will learn:

    • How to identify the most common rocks and minerals
    • How to maintain and display your rock collection
    • How insects are trapped and preserved in amber
    • How geysers and volcanoes form and erupt
    • How layers of rock reveal a record of time
    • How to pan for gold like a real prospector

    Geology is an exciting science that helps us understand the world we live in, and Geology Lab for Kids  actively engages readers in simple, creative activities that reveal the larger world at work.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, bugs, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

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  • Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book (Basher Science Series)

    by Simon Basher, Dan Green Year Published:

    Simon Basher is back with another zany primer to science! Following his 3 successful titles on the basics of chemistry, physics, and biology, BASHER SCIENCE: ROCKS AND MINERALS is an in-depth look at the ground beneath our feet. Like his other titles, Basher presents these topics through charming and adorable illustrations and pairs them with basic information told from a first person perspective. He develops a community of characters based on the things that form the foundations of our planet: rocks, gems, crystals, fossils and more. And what's more, he makes it understandable, interesting, and cute. It's not what you expect out of a science primer.

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    by Jules Verne Year Published: 1864

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. 

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  • Rocket Boys

    by Homer Hickam Year Published: 1998

    October Sky is the first memoir in a series of four, by Homer Hickam Jr. It is a story of growing up in a mining town, and a boy's pursuit of amateur rocketry in a coal mining town.

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  • Schedule

    6th Grade Science Bell Schedule*

    Period 1 AIM 8:25-9:13
    Period 2 CONFERENCE 9:17-10:12
    Period 3 SCIENCE 10:16-11:01
    LUNCH 11:05-11:35
    Period 4 SCIENCE 11:39-12:24
    Period 5 SCIENCE 12:28-1:13
    Period 6 SCIENCE 1:17-2:02
    Period 7 SCIENCE 2:06-2:51
    Period 8 SCIENCE 2:55-3:40

    Tutoring Schedule

    Tuesday and Wednesday 7:45-8:15