Similarities and differences among living organisms, homeostasis in organism, genetic continuity, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, human impact on ecosystem, scientific inquiry and skills, laboratory skills.
Observation and measurement of the environment, the changing environment, measuring the earth, earth motions, energy in earth processes, insolation and the earth's surface, energy changes in the atmosphere, moisture and energy budgets, the erosional processs, the depositional process, the formation of rocks, the dynamic crust, interpreting geologic history, landscape development and environmental change.
Introduction to chemistry, measurement, problem solving, matter, energy, the atom, formulas & equations, the mathematics of formulas & equations, physical behavior of matter, the periodic table, bonding, properties of solutions, kinetics & equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acids, bases & salts, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry.
Measurement and mathematics, mechanics, two dimensional motion, planetary motion, work and energy, electricity and magnetism, waves, modern physics.
Science Department Chair
B.S.M.E., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
M.A.T., Physics, Binghamton University
Larry joined the faculty of The Family Foundation School in 2004 with more than 10 years of classroom teaching experience in the New York public school system. He was named chair of the science department in November 2012. Larry teaches earth science, environmental science and physics classes, and often uses his background and interest in mechanics and environmental science in his physics labs. The class's annual trip to Six Flags to study the physics of amusement park rides makes Larry's class one of the most popular on campus.
Gerald Janauer, Ph.D.
B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D., Binghamton University
Gerald joined The Family Foundation School in 2006 as a chemistry teacher and, given his interest in photography, soon set up the school's first photography class. He served as Science Department Chair from 2008 to 2012, and became Academic Dean in 2011. He currently teaches Chemistry B. Prior to FFS, Gerald taught chemistry at SUNY Delhi. He and his wife Ann, Dean of Students at FFS, serve as Family Leaders for Betton House. They live in rural Hancock where they enjoy a range of outdoor activities, from gardening and raising chickens to bicycling and hiking.
Ann Janauer, Ph.D.
B.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University
Daughter of The Family Foundation School founders Tony and Betty Argiros, Ann joined the FFS faculty in 2006 as a chemistry teacher. She currently teaches high school chemistry. Ann previously taught chemistry at SUNY Delhi and Sienna College. In 2011 she was named Dean of Students. Ann and her husband Gerald serve as Family Leaders for Betton House. At home they enjoy backyard farming and are active promoters of local agriculture, including organic produce and dairy products, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork. Other hobbies including hiking and biking.
Edmund Leung, Ph.D.
Biology and Honors Forensics
B.A. Hofstra University
Ph.D., University of Florida
Ed has been on staff at The Family Foundation School since 2006 and has taught Regents Biology, College Biology, College Science in Modern Society, and Calculus and Statistics. In addition to his biology and Honors Forensics classes, he currently teaches Honors Statistics and Algebra 1B. He also administers the Fast Forward courses on campus for The Bridge students. A biotechnology enthusiast, Ed has introduced FFS students to Gel Electrophoresis with day-long DNA profiling sessions each semester with Dr. Darwin Yerky, outreach coordinator of Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers.