California Science Teacher

About Me 

Marschal A. Fazio
Photo by
Jeff Cantle

Welcome! I have been a science teacher in Los Angeles, California since 2005. I completed my initial training as a science (specifically life science) teacher in December of 2004 from Warner Pacific College, in Portland, Oregon. I also received my bachelors of Science in Biology from Warner Pacific in May of 2001. In 2010 I received my secondary single subject clear credential from California State University, Northridge. I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Science Education at California State University Northridge.

As part of my continuing professional development I am collaborating with graduate students as part of the SEE-LA GK-12 program, sponsored by UCLA and the National Science Foundation. I am also a mentor teacher for the CalTeach program at UCLA, which allows me an opportunity to mentor aspiring math and science teachers.

My personal interests include hiking, herpetology and photography. I have been an avid photographer for 12 years, although have taken photographs all my life, I consider my first SLR as the beginning of my real adventure into photography. I love all aspect of the hobby from hiking around the Verdugo hills looking for a perfect shot, to processing images in the traditional and digital darkroom. My subject interests include wildlife and landscape photography. I have been hired by several clients to take wedding and senior portraits. Several of my images have also won awards in the Columbia County fair in Saint Helens, Oregon. If you have the time feel free to check out my personal photography blog or my Flickr photostream.
I have been keepi
ng reptiles as a hobby for about 11 years now. I have had a wide variety or lizards from Anoles, Chameleons, Bearded Dragons and Geckos. Right now my collection consists of several Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps), a Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus), and an anerythristic Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus guttatus). I use my interest in reptiles as a teaching tool, and I often make references and illustrate biological concepts using my reptiles as an example.

About My School


University Senior High, is a diverse high school of approximately 2,000 students and 90 faculty members, located on a 24-acre campus in West Los Angeles, California. Originally opened in 1924 with the name Warren G. Harding High School its name was later changed to reflect the large number teachers in training from nearby UCLA.

University Senior High
Photo by Marschal A. Fazio
Canonet 28 with Kodak BW400CN

University High School boasts a natural artesian spring that is part of the Ballona watershed. The springs produce 22,000 gallons of water each day, have never failed, even in the driest years, and their presence strongly suggests that the site was a meeting place for Native Americans for thousands of years. In 1975 a grave was discovered just below the southwest end of the main building, containing a small skeleton and soapstone bowls. This grave was dated approximately 4000 BC and the characteristics of the bowls suggested a kinship with the culture of Santa Catalina Island in the same era. The land University High School is situated on is consequently a California State Historical Site (#577). Currently the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe is in the process of restoring the springs, which they call Kuruvungna, to their natural beauty.

The University High School's Vision and Mission

The faculty, staff, administration, and parents of University High School are committed to meeting the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse student body.

We envision:
  • A school where each student is prepared for higher education and/or technical training, which will lead to productive careers consistent with the demands of the 21st century workforce.
  • A school where each student will develop the knowledge, skills, and values required to flourish in and contribute to a democratic, multicultural, and pluralistic society within an interdependent world.
  • A school where technology is available and integrated into all curricular and administrative activities.
  • A school where all students have equal access to the full range of educational services and activities.
  • A school where cross-curricular and interdisciplinary approaches develop the natural relationships between subjects.
  • A school that is safe, clean, and intellectually stimulating in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular endeavors.

Classes I teach

Currently I am teaching AP Biology, Biology and Physiology. I also have an advisory class which I am starting to have them create Google Sites for their school portfolio.

AP Biology

AP Biology follows the guidelines created by the College Board. It is designed to be equivalent to a college level introductory course. Successful completion of the AP Biology exam can lead to either introductory biology credit or elective credit depending on the requirements of the college a student is attending. 

AP biology students will demonstrate the ability to use specific skills and processes, appropriate scientific terminology, and major biological concepts to explain the uniqueness and interdependence of living organisms, their interactions with the environment, and the continuation of life on Earth.


Biology provides students with the tools necessary to explore the living world. Students taking my biology course will learn the nature of science, and how to conduct quality scientific inquiry.  Student completing my course will have strong critical thinking and analysis skills. In addition students will gain an appreciation for life and discover new ideas about the planet we live on; while building a basic fundamental knowledge in the scientific discipline of biology.


Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the structure and function of the body. Throughout this course students will learn the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body. In addition student will learn practical applications of their knowledge, such a taking blood pressure, monitoring vital signs, CPR and some basic First Aid applications.

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