Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, P.E. is a native Memphian and a 2005 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He is a licensed professional civil engineer. Dr. Assadollahi earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering from Christian Brothers University in 2009. He also earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Christian Brothers University in 2009, concentrating in applied differential equations. He earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Memphis in 2010 with a concentration in structural seismic engineering. Dr. Assadollahi completed his Ph.D. in Engineering from The University of Memphis with a concentration in geo-structures in 2013. Dr. Assadollahi is currently a full-time Assistant Professor at Christian Brothers University where he teaches all levels of civil engineering courses and is active in both structural and geotechnical engineering research. Andrew serves as a part-time Civil Engineering/Architecture teacher at CBHS.
Allen Higginbotham is a University of Tennessee, Knoxville alum who graduated in 2004, and he earned a M.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. At Notre Dame, Allen specialized in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics with a particular emphasis on electrical transport anomalies in two-dimensional systems. Allen previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend. Allen taught Physics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including courses in General Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory. At the University of Notre Dame, Allen was a recipient of the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Allen teaches AP Calculus and Aerospace Engineering at CBHS.
Rebecca Neves, P.E. is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mechanical engineering and completed her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She is a licensed professional mechanical engineer. Her teaching experience is in both the college and high school levels encompassing physical and natural science, physics, and civil/mechanical engineering courses. Rebecca has served in aerospace, biomedical, and public works/construction industries in the roles of product development, mechanical/civil design, and project management. Rebecca teaches Principles of Engineering and Physics at CBHS.
Silas Njoroge was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to the United States in 2001 as a college student, graduating from The Lemoyne-Owen College with a B.S. in Mathematics Education and a minor in Computer Science. He earned his Master’s degree in Applied Computer Science from the University of Memphis in 2012, with a specialty in database development and administration. In 2006, Silas gained experience in industry as database developer intern at FedEx Services, in Collierville. For 7 years, he was a math teacher at several Shelby County Schools. At Shelby County Schools, I also trained teachers on how to implement Texas Instrument Nspire calculators in math instruction. Silas is pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Memphis in the Instructional Design and Technology program, research focus is Learning Analytics involving Learning Management Systems. At CBHS, he teaches pre-calculus, AP Statistics, serves as a mentor for the Robotics team. Within the STEMM Program, Silas teaches Computer Science principles. During the summer, he is involved with Bricks4kidz, a program that teaches STEM concepts to elementary school students using Legos.
Phillip Norton is a 1990 graduate of Christian Brothers High School and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Christian Brothers University. Upon completing his degree, he entered Officer Training School and became a Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer in the US Air Force. As a Bioenvironmental Engineer, he was in charge of Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Safety, and Respiratory Protection. He was also involved in Emergency Response and Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Detection teams. Following his US Air Force time, he earned a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) from Centenary College of Louisiana. He has been in education for the past 13 years as a math, science, and STEMM teacher. He currently teaches Introduction to Engineering Design at CBHS.
Sharon Reichard earned her Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Biology, from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She worked as a scientist in the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry for Glaxo-Smith Kline, TiGenix, and Coriell Cell Repository for 15 years. Sharon has an extensive background in scientific research and manufacturing. She has also earned a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) from University of Memphis, a Master’s Degrees in Reading and Writing Literacy in Secondary Education (MS) from the University of Memphis and a Master’s Degree in Education (MEd). Sharon teaches Human Body Systems, Medical Innovations and Physics at CBHS.
Betty Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Business Education from the University of Memphis. After gaining experience teaching both high school and college students, she returned to the University of Memphis and received a master’s degree in Education expanding her teaching certification to include courses in the Computer Science field. She has 42 years teaching experience. The last 26 years she has been teaching the Computer Science courses at CBHS initiating the Dual Enrollment program with Christian Brothers University and the PLTW Computer Science STEMM program. Betty teaches the freshmen “Introduction to Computer Science” class at CBHS.
Dr. Justin Whitmer earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, master’s degree from University of Memphis, and doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University. His area of research and dissertation was project-based learning in high school chemistry. His classroom experience has included algebra I, contemporary issues, chemistry, physics, and scientific research. This is his 20th year in education and 4th year at Christian Brothers, where he teaches Chemistry.
Don Whittington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He was a post-graduate at Xavier University in both Physics and Educational Psychology and it was there that he completed his teaching license. Don has worked in the field in both Environmental and Freshwater Biology and in a laboratory studying molecular biology. Don brings 27 years of teaching experience, 21 years at CBHS. He has taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science and currently teaches PLTW Principles of the Biomedical Science and Medical Interventions. Don also serves as the Science Deptartment Chair at CBHS..