Matt Silvia
[Department Chair]
"Education is the acquisition of the art of utilization of knowledge." These are the words of the great educational leader and Harvard professor Alfred Whitehead and epitomize my teaching. My goal is to create an environment where each student will develop the motivation, problem-solving skills, and reflective metacognitive abilities to apply physics knowledge; and develop into independent learners possessing the skill set necessary to be successful in this new millennium where each adult will change jobs and careers many times in their lifetime. I am an example of such a career path. After graduating from Brown University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, I spent five years in the Information Technology services industry developing software and managing projects for clients ranging from General Motors to Chicago Public Schools. During this work I found that I had a passion for education and began exploring options to make a career change. I accomplished this through the GATE program at Northwestern University, where I earned my MS in Education. Before teaching at Walter Payton College Prep, I spent four invigorating years at Farragut Career Academy located on Chicago's West Side. I am an athlete at heart and after a very successful career as an offensive lineman at Brown I have reinvented myself as an athlete and compete at the elite amateur level in cycling races. I also enjoy reading the great novels; 2666 by Roberto Bolano is currently my favorite novel.

Email: mmsilvia@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 24993

Kathie Ang
[Instructor]
Hello! I'm excited to be teaching AP Biology, Biotechnology, and Anatomy & Physiology this year, as well as continuing to coach girls and boys on the Jones-Payton swim teams. I previously taught and coached at Kenwood Academy. Prior to teaching, I attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience, as well as an MAT in secondary education through UChicago's Urban Teacher Education Program (fun fact: I was classmates with Mr. Srivastava and Ms. Heiberger). While in college, I was part of UChicago's swim team, specializing in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke and butterfly. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, running, biking (I usually do the Chicago triathlon), practicing yoga, watching football and baseball, and just enjoying the outdoors. I'm originally from New Jersey, so Let's go Mets and J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!

Email: kyang1@cps.edu

Nikolaus Barge
[Instructor]
Growing up in Chicago, I am proud product of Chicago Public Schools, just like my students. Having a science teacher and a math major for parents I was naturally gravitated to the sciences. After studying physics and astronomy for four years at Ball State University I realized that I loved learning about these things more than just about anything. I decided the best way to keep learning (and to inspire others to learn) was to teach science. So after graduating, I went straight to Northwestern to earn a degree in secondary science education. Upon graduating I followed my mother's footsteps (her actual literal footsteps since I teach in the room next her) and began teaching at Payton. Each year brings exciting new opportunities to learn more (about physics and learning) as I interact with the best teachers and students on the planet!

Email: nabarge@cps.edu

Jacqueline Barge
[Instructor]
I am a National Board Certified Teacher, having received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Chicago. After first getting involved in public education as a parent volunteer, I went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. I started with CPS at Reilly Elementary School, on Chicago's northwest side, where I developed and implemented a hands-on/minds-on science curriculum for middle school students. During this time, I began many long standing collaborations in curriculum development with educational groups, such as the University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, the Depaul Nasa Center and Hands On Universe. After ten years at Reilly, I left to become part of the original faculty group at Payton. I have continued my involvement with educational groups while at Payton adding additional collaborations such as UIC-Fermilab's Quarknet group, Beyond the Solar System project from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Chicago Public Schools/University of Chicago Internet Project and the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. Besides working with scientists and educators to develop cutting edge curriculum, these projects give my students access to authentic scientific research. I have also created and implement the Astronomy @ Payton outreach program which provides an astronomy field trip experience at Payton for Chicago's elementary school students. In 2016 I was awarded the Thomas J Brennan Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for demonstrating excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America.

Email: jcbarge@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 24995
Website: http://40two.info/

Donna Figenshu
[Instructor]
I am very excited to be beginning my first year at Payton in the 2012-2013 school year. I previously taught at Sanford School, a college preparatory school in northern Delaware where I taught Physics and Chemistry to 10th and 11th graders. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania where I majored in Secondary Education- General Science and minored in both Chemistry and Special Education. I was also part of the York College Womens' Basketball team where I was captain my senior year and helped lead my team to the Sweet Sixteen. After relocating to the Chicago area this summer I came across Payton Prep and was very impressed and excited to be a part of a high level and prestigious group of educators and students. I will be teaching five sections of ARISE Chemistry to sophomores this year as well as helping coach the Varsity Girl's Basketball team at Payton.

Email: dmfigenshu@cps.edu

Leigha Ingham
[Instructor]
Ms. Ingham has been teaching high school Chemistry for eight years in CPS and is beginning her first year at Payton for the 2016-2017 school year. She is from the small town of Xenia, Ohio which is most known for the tornado that hit them in 1974. She received her B.S. in Chemistry at Spelman College and her M.A. in Science Education at New York University. Before becoming a teacher Ms. Ingham worked in the research industry including time at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her free time Ms. Ingham enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with her fiance.

Email: llingham@cps.edu

Walter Kinderman
[Instructor]
Welcome to my bio! I am currently teaching AP Chemistry and sophomore chemistry. I have an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a masters degree in biochemistry, both from DePaul University in Chicago. I recently completed a physics endorsement program at Loyola University in Chicago. I am a US Navy veteran, having served several tours of duty in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. I have coached the boy's tennis team for the past 12 years, and have been fortunate to have great players. They have garnered championships at the city and state levels, and several players have continued to play competitively at the collegiate level. I am also the faculty sponsor of National Honor Society, whose mission is to promote education and ethical responsibility, and faculty sponsor of the Payton Science Club, which promotes scientific inquiry.

Email: wjkinderman@cps.edu

Julia Newcomer
[Instructor]


Email: jnewcomer@cps.edu

Priyank Srivastava
[Instructor]
I'm very excited to be at Payton! I'm currently teaching Honors Physics and Honors Chemistry. I have an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I received my masters of art in teaching in secondary education from University of Chicago. At University of Chicago, I met Mrs. Heiberger and Ms. Ang, who currently teach math and science, respectively, here at Payton! Before arriving to Payton, I taught at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Englewood. I taught Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Genetics. On my free time, I love watching movies, spending time with family, watching football and basketball, and, when I get a chance, spending time outdoors or camping. I look forward to my time here at Payton, getting to know my learned fellow colleagues and, most of all, getting to teach and learn from all the Payton students!

Email: psrivastava2@cps.edu
Website: wpcp.org

Valentin Torres
[AP Biology Instructor]
My name is Valentin John Torres. Currently, I teach Advance Placement (AP) biology and biotechnology courses. My alma maters are Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago State University and American College of Education where I have earned multiple degrees, such as in field of biology, psychology, and master of education in educational leadership (Type 75 degree). I became a teacher after practicing as a clinical psychologist at Cook County Hospital where I interned treating chronic pain patients. In searching for a more meaningful career, I discovered teaching. I became a science teacher by being accepted to a highly selective Chicago Teaching Fellows alternative certification program where I was trained by Northwestern University via IDS program to teach inquiry-based science. I have taught at the following CPS neighborhood schools: The School of the Arts High School @ South Shore and Austin Business & Entrepreneurship Academy where I have been the department chair, taught numerous science courses (e.g., AP biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science) and earned many accolades for improving science curriculum. I adore science, but my fervor is teaching young adults to help them find their passion in life. I understand that the quality of the teacher determines the quality of student education. Therefore, I believe in constantly improving my pedagogy. To do so, I attend various courses throughout the year at various universities such as Northwestern University, Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois at Chicago through Chicago Teacher Transformation Initiative (CTTI) program. I have also participated in NASA research program with Northwestern University and University of Chicago. For the past five years, I having conducting research in cooperation with University of Illinois at Chicago bioengineering department through a highly selective teacher research program called Chicago Science Teacher Research (CSTR). One area of my focus is investigating aquaporin-4 produced by astrocytes and cerebrovasculature. Another focus is the development on computational model of functional hyperemia based on astrocytic and neuronal connection. My latest research is 3D modeling of functional hyperemia and 3D brain imaging. Latest Update: * Ecology Project International (EPI) Research & Fellowship 2015-16: Selected to participate in conservation research at Baja, Mexico. * MSU STEM Scholarship Recipient 2016-17 * Costa Rica Science Excursion 2015-16 * AP Biology Professional Learning Community (PLC) Leadership Cohort Member * Northwestern Biotechnology Course Development Cohort Member * Research Experience for Research Teacher (RET) program member: 3D Brain Imaging

Email: vjtorres@cps.edu
Website: www.schoology.com