Ms. Mary Jo Bolster

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

Ms. Mary Jo Bolster

I’m glad you’re here! I teach PreAP Physics and AP Physics 1 OnRamps, so I am a high school teacher at Reagan as well as faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. I began working at Reagan in 2000, and have taught Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics C and AP Physics 1, as well as dual-credit and AP Biology for SAC.  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. To help me have more time with you, please try to reduce unnecessary emails. It's always faster to ask me questions in class, in person, since we see each other every day.

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, including the sea cliffs of Ireland. This summer, I kayaked and camped at Antietam and the Potomac in Maryland, and then in West Texas in the Davis Mountains. 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 (Link for 2019-2020) and consider going there yourself. A link to the online application is also on my Google Doc website "Agenda with Assignments".  I encourage you to work hard to get the most you can out of your experience at Reagan High School.

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  • 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
    8th Period  (3:25 - 4:15) PreAP Physics