Get to know our Science Department below.

Department Highlights

  • A number of dual credit classes are offered through Southeast Missouri State University.
  • An Observatory is available for classes to use, including “Astronomy Night” where students in Astronomy class come to take part in observing outer space.
  • Several classroom/labs are located in the lower 500 wing.
  • Chromebooks are available in the Science wing for classrooms.
  • Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry use digital textbooks and Chromebooks in the classroom.
  • The Science Club is an extra-curricular club offered through the Science Department staff. Each year the Science Club takes part in highway cleanup, where a group of volunteers works to clean up the trash and debris left on the side of the highway.
  • The Science Department faculty host a summer camp for grade school students.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Science Club
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Angela Schaefer
Head of the Science Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 506
Title(s):
Head of the Science Department
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Classes: Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry

Additional Duties: Substance Abuse Prevention Team Chairperson; Students Against Destructive Decisions Moderator; Freshman/Senior Lock-In Coordinator; Project Prom Coordinator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Secondary Ed. from Southeast Missouri State; M.A. in Natural Science from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: National Science Teachers Association; Science Teachers of Missouri; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2015); Blessed John Duns Scotus Award for excellence in Franciscan Education in the discipline of Science (2017)

2019-2020: 33 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Mark Koehler
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 425
Title(s):
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
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Classes: World Languages, Geography, Basic Math, Earth & Space Science, Accounting, Business Math

Additional Duties: Sophomore Homeroom 425

Degrees and Certifications: B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College; B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State; Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University

Professional Memberships: National Science Teachers Association; American Classical League (Latin); National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 31 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Jerry Landewe ’88
Member of the Science Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 502
Title(s):
Member of the Science Department
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Classes: Anatomy & Physiology, Advanced Biology, Astronomy

Additional Duties: Science Club Moderator; Senior Class Co-Coordinator; Senior Homeroom 502

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Biology from Southeast Missouri State; Master of Natural Science from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: National Science Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Recipient of “the Right Stuff” Award-Space Academy for Educators (2013)

2019-2020: 23 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Mary Beth Green ’11
Member of the Science Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 507
Title(s):
Member of the Science Department
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Classes: Freshman Physics, Advanced Physics

Additional Duties: Freshman Homeroom 507; Robotics Team Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships: American Physics Society; American Association of Physics Teachers; National Science Teachers Association; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 5 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Josie Menz
Member of the Science Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 505
Title(s):
Member of the Science Department
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Classes: Sophomore Biology

Additional Duties: Sophomore Homeroom 505; SADD co-moderator; Student Council Moderator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 3 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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The Observatory "Glastetter Hall"

The observatory is available to groups and individuals throughout the year by appointment. Contact Mr. Jerry Landewe to schedule your time:

(573)335-6772 @ school

(573)651-3865 @ home

jerrylandewe@notredamecape.org