PMSA Science Department
Ms. Mary Beidas
Ms. Beidas earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry before starting teaching at Proviso East in 2001. In 2005 she earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lewis University. She joined Proviso Math and Science Academy in 2011, and has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Research and Pre-IB Chemistry here. For the last eight years, she has sponsored the PULSE program.
The PULSE is a program developed in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine that is designed to provide students with hands–on experiences in the medical field. It matches medical student mentors with PMSA students in a relationship that supports and encourages the exploration of student interests and the medical profession through a series of workshops, field trips, and discussions.
Dr. Joshua Burton
Dr. Burton has been teaching physics at PMSA since 2016, following his retirement from a twenty-year software and consulting career, mostly at IBM. Before a friend’s startup company lured him into private industry he was a theoretical physicist, and after earning his bachelor’s degree at Harvard and a PhD from UC Berkeley, he worked for seven years at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island (a joint teaching/research appointment), and at Northwestern University which brought him to Chicago in 1995. As a “capstone career” teacher, his hope has been to share some of the magic of physics that has inspired him through two successful careers, and especially to motivate 9th graders through a physics-first approach to understanding the foundations of science. He continues to do public outreach in cosmology, particle astrophysics, and high-energy physics as a guest lecturer at the Chicago Astronomical Society and the Adler Planetarium, and frequently presents to my peers at Physics Northwest monthly meetings for high school teachers.
Mr. Dan Caldwell
Born in the land of Kansas, raised with the sounds of Maywood's own John Prine playing on the record player throughout his childhood, Mr. Caldwell has lived in awe of the universe every single day. He arrived at PMSA to prepare the students' understanding of the universe that only science can bring. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy of Physics from the University of Illinois - Chicago. He has been teaching high school science for 16 years. He has taught Physics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Earth Science, Environmental Science and AP Physics C in Chicago Public Schools. He attained National Board Certification in 2006. In the summers, he teaches Relativity, Quantum Theory, and Astrophysics with the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
Dr. Todd Gatlin
Ms. Sarah Huels
Ms. Huels started teaching at PMSA in the Fall of 2015 after spending 5 years teaching at Morgan Park High School in Chicago. At PMSA she has taught Honors Biology, AP Biology, IB Junior level and IB Senior level Biology. She also taught Junior Research Core Science, Anatomy and Physiology. She earned a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ms. Shirin Mathew
This is Ms. Matthew's third year at the Proviso Math & Science Academy. She previously taught in the Chicago Public Schools for six years. She has taught courses in Biology, IB Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Ms. Laura Rosko
Ms. Rosko has been teaching Chemistry for 18 years. This is her 6th year at PMSA. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools before coming to PMSA. She has taught AP Chemistry, Earth Science and Environmental Science. She completed her undergraduate work at Concordia University and attended Loyola University earning my graduate degree in Chemistry Education.
Dr. John Wardisiani
Dr. Wardisiani is in his 20th year in District 209. He currently teaches Forensic Science and Research. He has earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and Liberal Studies. He holds graduate degrees in Teaching, Administrative Education, Grant Writing, Program Evaluation and Curriculum and Instruction. His earned Ed.D. is in Educational Leadership along with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. Outside of PMSA, He also teaches on the faculty at Concordia University Chicago in the graduate college of education. He truly believes that teaching is a calling to service. He looks forward to each academic school year and working with the PMSA students.