Samantha Doria is the supervisor of the Culinary Science Academy and teaches Meteorology, Water Resources, and AP Environmental Science. Ms. Doria completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Delaware; she holds a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Montclair State University and has been teaching at High Tech High School since 2011. Ms. Doria's goals in the classroom are to get students excited about environmental science and prepare them for all that life after high school has to offer. She also coaches CrossFit after school to students and teachers. Outside the classroom, Ms. Doria enjoys watching sports, doing CrossFit, advocating for environmentally sustainable practices, going out to eat and hanging out with friends and family. sdoria@hcstonline.org

Dominique Otiepka is a teacher of environmental studies at High Tech and teaches hydroponics, water resources and meteorology.

Ms. Otiepka graduated with bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she established and did extensive plant research on wildflowers and their pollinators, soil toxicity and hydroponics. She has worked with multiple hydroponic, indoor agriculture farms throughout her career and is thrilled to expose students to an opportunity with hydroponics early in their academic careers. She strives to bring awareness to the importance of environmental issues and share her love for the beauty of the natural world in her classroom.

Ms. Otiepka enjoys adventurous hikes, reading, hosting bon fires, dancing, and traveling. She participated and competed on the Ramapo College dance team for three years, and enjoyed hosting events and conventions to teach dance and the importance of expression through movement. She has visited multiple countries in which she gathers global information on the different cultures and ways of living, and applies her learnings to her life.

Dr. Shelly Witham teaches Physical Geology, Soil Resources, Environmental Field Research I & II, and A.P. Environmental Science. Dr. Witham is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a B.S. in Solid Earth Geology and an M.S. in Science Education. Dr. Witham also holds a PhD in Education from Rutgers University and has been teaching at High Tech High School since 2001. Dr. Witham's goals in the classroom include engaging students in the field of science with the ultimate goal of helping them become self-motivated, lifelong learners. Dr. Witham is the faculty adviser for the award-winning Envirothon team. switham@hcstonline.org

Cathy Yuhas is a Science and Environmental Service Systems (Career and Technical Education) instructor for the Academy of Environmental Science and Sustainability. She teaches the following courses: Geospatial Technology, Urban Ecology, Apiculture I & II, Agriculture & Society I & II, AP Environmental Science, and Biology. She is the moderator of the Environmental Club and FFA. Ms. Yuhas has been teaching since 2007. Prior to teaching, she worked at NJ Sea Grant as an extension specialist on the NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program. Ms. Yuhas is a graduate from Fairfield University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She also has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from NJ Institute of Technology/Rutgers University- Newark. At NJIT/Rutgers, Ms. Yuhas conducted research on the salt marshes of the Meadowlands. She has a second Master of Science degree in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute. She stays current in the environmental field by attending lectures and seminars as well as volunteering her time to monitor the horseshoe crab population along the Raritan Bay in NJ. Her love for the environment comes from growing up at the Jersey shore. She is interested in having her students find their appreciation for nature and seek to improve their community and urban environment in a sustainable way. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, getting lost in a good book, practicing yoga, and hiking.  cyuhas@hcstonline.org