Degrees and Certifications:

7-12 Composite Science Certification Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center B.S. in Biology, Texas Lutheran University

Dr. Valerie B. Holcomb

Dr. Valerie B. Holcomb received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Prior to teaching, she worked as a scientist studying the role of DNA repair and cell cycle responses in cancer and aging.  She has published 18 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Her love of science and the lab is the reason she decided to leave the lab and pursue a career in teaching.  This year will be her sixth year teaching high school Biology and she hopes to bring her real world experience to the classroom.



A Day

1st:   AP/DC Biology

2nd:  Honors Biology

3rd:   Honors Biology

4th:   Conference

B Day 

5th:  PLC/Conference

6th:  Honors Biology

7th:  AP/DC Biology

8th:  AP/DC Biology


AP/DC Units:

Unit 1 - Chemistry of Life

Unit 2 - Cell Structure & Function

Unit 3 - Cell Energetics

Unit 4 - Cell Communication

Unit 5 - Heredity

Unit 6 - Gene Expression and Regulation

Unit 7 - Natural Selection

Unit 8 - Ecology


Biology I Units:

Unit 1 - Cell Structure

Unit 2 - Cell Processes for Homeostasis

Unit 3 - Cell Processes for Energy

Unit 4 - Cell Cycle

Unit 5 - Gene Expression

Unit 6 - Genetics & Epigenetics

Unit 7 - Evolution

Unit 8 - Taxonomy

Unit 9 - Animal Systems

Unit 10 - Plant Systems

Unit 11 - Ecosystems