High School Science Teachers

Holly Gertz, High School Science Teacher

Teacher bio coming soon!

Doug Iverson, High School Science Teacher

Doug Iverson is a summa cum laude graduate of UW-Parkside with a BS in chemistry. After working as a chemist/engineer in the printing industry for 25 years, he earned his teaching certification in high school physics, chemistry, biology, and broad field science. He taught in a brick-and-mortar high school for two years and then taught chemistry at NWTC in Green Bay. Doug enjoys helping students see the usefulness of the sciences in understanding daily events and problems. He is excited to be part of the transition from the old text-based instruction model to online learning and all the new possibilities that creates.

Sam Lee, High School Science Teacher

Sam Lee joined WIVA in the 2019-20SY.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He earned his teaching certification in Biology, Chemistry, and Broad Field Natural Science. Sam has taught middle school science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) computer science and engineering courses. Sam has lived in the Milwaukee area with his wife and four kids and is excited to teach and support students with online learning.

Devon Passno, High School Science Teacher

Devon Passno earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. After graduating from UMass, Devon returned to his native California and obtained his teaching degree. His traditional teaching experience includes teaching primarily chemistry and physics at the high school level, though he has also taught earth/physical science, math, and health. Devon also spent several years coaching high school track and football, before moving with his wife and three boys from California to the Madison area in 2011. Devon enjoys being part of the WIVA team, and having the opportunity to share his love of science with his students.

Terry Schwantes, High School Science Teacher

Terry Schwantes earned a BS in biology, chemistry, and occupational safety and health from UW-Whitewater. Terry also earned a master's degree in physiology and is ABD for a PhD from Marquette University in physiology. Her dissertation research was in molecular endocrinology. Prior to teaching at WIVA Terry taught at Marquette University. Her interest was in teaching high school students so she earned her teaching license and spent 14 years in a brick-and-mortar school teaching chemistry, earth science, physical science, biology and anatomy, and physiology. Terry has been teaching online for more than 7 years. Terry has also served as a National Advisory Board Member for the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development in Washington DC and has testified in congress and the senate about the special needs of children in medical research.

Farah Stevens, High School Science Teacher

Farah Stephens is a Wisconsin native that developed her passion for the environment from inspiring teachers in her high school career.  She earned a BS in Environmental Education/Interpretation and a minor in Conservation Biology from UW-Stevens Point.  Upon graduation, she worked for the US-Forest Service as a naturalist guide for the Chugach National Forest in Alaska interpreting the natural and cultural history of the area.  She pursued her formal teaching license and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Milwaukee.  In total, Farah has more than seven years of teaching experience in the traditional classroom both here in Wisconsin and Alaska.  Farah has taught Physical Science, Oceanography, Marine Biology, Earth Science, Honors Biology and Biology.  In 2019, Farah, her husband, and two sons moved to the driftless region of Wisconsin to build a small farm and restore the land.  She is excited to be a part of the WIVA team to round out her teaching practice in an online capacity tailored to the needs of diverse inspired learners.