CTE INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Shelly Witham

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

Samantha Doria

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

Cathy Yuhas

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

William Goold

William Goold teaches chemistry, advanced placement chemistry, and environmental public policy. Mr. Goold graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Public Policy and masters degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He has been teaching science for 16 years, the last four of which have been at High Tech. Before teaching, Mr. Goold worked as an environmental consultant and project manager. Mr. Goold is a firm believer in providing and enhancing students skills in problem solving and critical thinking in order to support their future studies and employment. When he is not teaching, Mr. Goold is an avid karaoke performer and cyclist. Weather permitting, Mr. Goold rides his bike to and from school from his home in Jersey City, helping to promote environmental consciousness and healthy living.  wgoold@hcstonline.org