Phone: 651-293-8800 x1219
Degrees and Certifications:
HSU, Arcata, CA -Bachelor's in Biology and Botany 1979 Hamline University -Teaching Licence 7-12 Life Science 1983 Concordia Univ Master's of Education 2012
Ms. Kathy Kahn
Ms. Kahn is in her 37th year of teaching, and the 30th year of teaching biology at Como Park High! This year is her last. She is one teacher who still loves her students and loves teaching bio right to the end. She is busy changing the curriculum to help students make more connections between their lives and what they are learning about life. She is still working with the Environmental Club on projects and teaching the environmental class that recycles for Como.
Before coming to Como in 1991, she taught in Minneapolis Public Schools, and before that, she taught and managed an informal education program Operation SMART (Science, Math, and Relevant Technology) within the YWCA to encourage students who don't traditionally go into science fields. Before that she worked in a lab and a fish hatchery in California where she grew up. At Como she has taught all different levels and approaches to biology, including AP for 20 years, Accelerated, General, ELL, Special Ed, and more. In 1991, she taught the first AP science class in SPPS; AP Biology at Como of course! Along with AP Biology, which is now in the able hands of Ms. Asher, she has loved teaching all different levels of biology. She says she has thoroughly loved biology and all her students throughout these years! That's a lot of students too; with an average of 180 students every year, do the math (over 5,000!). She started the Multiculture Club in the early 90's using "A World of Difference" curriculum, and has helped several groups make positive changes at Como through the years. In the early 2000's she helped to make NHS more meaningful and interactive with the community. She is currently advising the Como Environmental Club and the Como Cougar historian (just kidding- but she has been here a long time).
Ms. Kahn knows this Como community from a teacher and a parent perspective, since her daughter attended and graduated from SAP Elementary, Murray, and Como. She has served on the Parent Engagement Committee and welcomes ideas and comments from parents about anything involving Como. This year she is on the Professional Development Committee and is digging in to learning how to best use Schoology.
All Biology classes ( Periods 3,4,6, and 7) - These classes learn about living things on the molecular level, cellular, organismic, ecosystem and more!
Biology Periods (3, 6 and 7) - These classes are differentiated for English language learners. It is cotaught with Suzanne Susens. We learn biology with a focus on connecting new vocabulary with other words already known and do about a lab per week.
Biology Period 4 - This class is cotaught with Mr. Michael Fischer and is differentiated for students at all levels.
Environmental Science (Period 8) - This is a service-learning class where the students spend one day a week doing recycling for the entire school. We also learn about energy, pollution, and other environmental problems.
ALL MS. KAHN'S CLASSES ARE GRADED ON SCHOOLOGY. We use iPads almost every day, so they must be here and charged. Assignments are posted in Schoology. Reminders are on Schoology.