Dr. Andrew Assadollahi is a native Memphian and a 2005 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. 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.
Frank Olita is an engineer by trade and graduated from both CBHS and CBU. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from CBU (CBC) in 1970 and worked in industry for 35 years. His career path led him to places such as Dover Elevator, Purina, Schering Plough and Pillsbury. Frank served as a research and design engineer, maintenance engineer and plant engineering manager throughout his career. Frank serves as a Physics and Introduction to Engineering Design teacher 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 and a Master’s Degrees in Reading and Writing Literacy in Secondary Education (MS) from the University of Memphis. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Education (MEd). Sharon teaches Human Body Systems and Physics 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..