Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science - Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison Masters in Environmental Health (emphasis on Environmental Chemistry), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Teacher Licensure Program, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Mr. Steven Larson
I currently teach Accelerated Chemistry, General Chemistry, Astronomy and Meteorology (first semester), and Geology (second semester).
This is my 15th year teaching at Como Park. Prior to teaching, I held several chemistry-related jobs - as an analytical chemist at Ray-O-Vac in Madison, Wi, as a chemist for a detergent manufacturer in Minneapolis, and then for 11 years as a research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, where I worked on a national program monitoring pesticide concentrations in rivers. I received a degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison (Go Badgers!) and a master's degree in enviroinmental health (with an emphasis on environmental chemistry) from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!).
In 2003 I went back to school and completed the teacher licensure program at the University of Minnesota. I decided to change careers and go into teaching because I liked the idea of working with young people and because I wanted a job in which I could make a meaningful contribution.
In my spare time I enjoy cross-country skiing (my wife Elaine and I have been going up to Hayward, Wi for the Birkebeiner ski race in recent years), canoeing in the Boundary Waters, reading, and watching the Packers (yes, I did grow up in Wisconsin - Go Packers!). We have three grown children - Courtney, Hannah, and Owen - who are currently scattered around the country, in graduate school and deciding what to do in life.
Parents and students - please feel free to email or call with ANY questions or concerns.
I look forward to a great year in 2018-2019! Como Park is a great school with great kids and a great staff!
GRADES are recorded in SCHOOLOGY. Class assignments and resources for each class also in the SCHOOLOGY page for each class.
Astronomy/Meteorology - Astronomy & Meteorology is a one semester course in which we will learn about astronomy - the study of the universe beyond the earth; and meteorology – the study of the earth's atmosphere and weather. Students will learn through classroom discussions, hands-on experiments and activities, and group projects. Computer simulations and laboratory exercises will supplement classroom lectures and worksheets. We will also visit the Como Elementary School Planetarium. Students earn a science credit for this course.
Accelerated Chemistry - Accelerated Chemistry is a year-long course covering the basic principles and concepts of chemistry. Students will learn through class discussions, hands on lab activities, and group projects. The areas of study include measurement and units, atomic structure, the periodic table, states of matter, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical equations, chemical reactions, and solution chemistry. In the accelerated class, topics are covered in more detail at a faster pace and students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts through writing and problem solving. Consistent attendance is extremely important.
General Chemistry - General Chemistry is a year-long course covering the basic principles and concepts of chemistry. Students will learn through class discussions, hands on lab activities, and group projects. The areas of study include chemical measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, states of matter, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical equations, chemical reactions, and solution chemistry.