Imagine what your child could learn if science class wasn’t just a well written book, but a lab in which they can experiment, explore, discover!

In Summit’s two science labs your child’s classes revolve around hands-on learning of advanced scientific concepts, solidifying understanding that leads to thinking and innovational ideas.

Science begins in kindergarten and continues through eighth grade! Your child won’t just memorize scientific facts, they will touch, see, experiment. They will learn, remember, evaluate and problem solve.

The excelling middle school curriculum includes chemistry and physics in eighth grade, the body systems in seventh and earth science in sixth grade. Classes engage students through dissections, model making and experimentation.

In all grades, students’ analytical skills and critical thinking soar through their love of science and the depth of their knowledge.

Schedule a tour of our private school in Phoenix Arizona. You have to see Summit School of Ahwatukee to believe that this educational opportunity exists!

Get to Know - Science Faculty

Lori Phillips

Science, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

Lori Phillips majored in Elementary Education at Arizona State University. She has taken various continuing education courses throughout the years, including the opportunity to become a Master Teacher in the Intel Teach to the Future program, and the National Hands-On Science Institute where she shot potato cannons and made slime and 74 other hands on experiments!

Lori came to Summit School of Ahwatukee in 2001, and has been a classroom teacher for preschool through second grade, as well as Kindergarten through third grade technology instructor. Mrs. Phillips began teaching science at Summit in 2005. She enjoys children and the smiles they bring every day to her life.

Andrea Yocum

Science, Sixth through Eighth Grade

Andrea Yocum earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Northern Arizona University. She began her teaching career as a fifth/sixth grade classroom teacher, transitioning into teaching science and math in the Mesa School District before joining Summit in 2002. Mrs. Yocum is an Arizona native, from Lake Havasu City.

Mrs. Yocum enjoys participating in outside training in both teaching and science related professional development.  She was selected as one of 272 teachers from 19 countries across the globe, to participate in the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  She has taken courses through the National Math and Science Initiative, and was selected to be a member of the University of Arizona Water Education Cohort.  She has also helped as a science educational consultant for an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mrs. Yocum is a five time recipient of a “Golden Gator, Excellence in Teaching Award” from Xavier College Preparatory High School. This award recognizes junior high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier’s freshmen students. Teaching middle school science, including chemistry and physics, using predominately lab experiments, and her obvious love of teaching enthralls her students.