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Dear Parents and Guardians:
  • Welcome to Mr. Schnell's Honors and AP Chemistry at Dougherty. My goals this year are to work with you to ensure that your child learns and understands chemistry. It is also my desire that all students have fun learning chemistry, as well as learn other skills important to life in general. Please don't hesitate to contact me via phone or email if you ever have any questions, concerns about your child's performance, or have something great to share with me. Thank you! Let's work together toward a successful semester in chemistry!
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Parent HW assignment 2021-2022The Goals of Mr. Schnell's Classroom:
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  • This assignment must be completed by the due date or your child will receive 50% credit...no exceptions
  • Due date For Parent HW Assignment: TBD
  1. to produce students with personal appreciation and respect for life leading to a positive involvement with the environment
  2. to encourage students to practice rational, critical thinking based on objective observations and open-mindedness, which are the essential ingredients of the scientific method of inquiry
  3. to develop skills in manipulating materials and equipment for gathering, organizing and communicating scientific information based on observations and interpretations
  4. to ensure that the scientifically literate person has a substantial base of facts, concepts, processes and skills which enable that individual to continue to learn and think logically
  5. to have students appreciate the value of science and technology in society and to understand its limitations

BTSN Presentation - TBD

  • Please plan to come to Room 2207 to learn what your student will learn in Chemistry this year
  • View BTSN Slide Show 2021-22 - [PDF]
My Teaching Philosophy...
..is to put students into situations that require them to THINK. This allows for students to improve their higher order thinking skills. To also have fun while learning and I believe that giving students the right tools and "that extra push" can lead them to success. Students reaching beyond their abilities and increasing their confidence is important. Students need to be given the opportunity to learn what is needed to succeed in every aspect of their lives. I am happy to be their teacher and help.

Learning: acquiring knowledge and skills and having them readily available from memory so you can make sense of future problems and opportunities - Making It Stick


Mr. Schnell's Educational Background:

  • EDUCATION
    • High School: Concord High School
    • Colleges:
      • B.S. Biochemistry - Cal Poly, SLO
      • Minor: Biotechnology - Cal Poly, SLO
      • Credential: Chapman University
      • M.S. Education with focus on Science Curriculum: Cal State East Bay
      • M.S. Education Leadership: National Unversity
  • EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Dougherty Valley High School - San Ramon, CA: 2007 - Present (opened DVHS)
    • Amador Valley High School - Pleasanton, CA: 8/05 - 6/07
    • Concord High School - Concord, CA: 8/03 - 6/05