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 and the University of Colorado in Boulder.  I am married and have two sons who went through Reagan. They are both successful, one in science and one in finance, and both 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, and  include your period #. 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 person' in class or tutoring because that's faster than emailing.

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 Montana, California and New Hampshire. 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 High School Aerospace Scholars online application each year 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.

Office hours for tutoring and make-up help are Monday and Tuesday mornings at 8:05 am, and Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 4:25. I may be available other times, too: just ask. 

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Class Schedule

  • 1st Period  Honors Physics
    2nd Period Honors Physics
    Reagan Recharge on Mondays and Strike on Thursdays
    3rd Period  AP Physics 1
    4th Period  AP Physics 1
    5th Period  Lunch 
    6th Period  AP Physics 1
    7th Period  Conf., plan, grade

    8th Period  Honors Physics