Division of Natural, Physical, and Computer Sciences
Associate Lecturer of Physics
Sciences Division Chair
M.S. – Indiana Univesity / Purdue University at Indianapolis
B.S. – Purdue University
Office: WA 145 A
Stephen Schuh has been with the Academy since the 2000-2001 school year, and has been selected for local and regional meritorious teaching awards over 20 times. He is a consultant for the College Board and has facilitated 60+ summer workshops for national and international AP Physics instructors. Mr. Schuh has taught for Ball State University, Indiana University, and Purdue University, and has extended experience with 600-level courses in Physics, Mathematics, Biophysics, Education, and Psychology. Having logged over 3000 hours of studio time, Mr Schuh has taught students across the state, country, and beyond. In 2012, he was one of 12 consultants across the globe invited to participate in the first year of the College Board’s new Physics curriculum, and has taught all levels of physics, research, and colloquium for the Indiana Academy.
Associate Lecturer of Computer Science
M.B.A., B.S., Continued graduate studies in Industrial Technology – Ball State University
Office: EL 007
Ms. Cunningham was appointed Instructor of Computer Science in 1996 at the Indiana Academy. Currently, she teaches AP Computer Science A/Java, Introduction to Programming/C++, Visual Programming/Python, Virtual Reality, Web Page Design and Personal Finance. Since the summer of 1997, Ms. Cunningham has also taught summer workshops for teachers and elementary through high school students. During the school year, she is also active in presenting computer technology Saturday programs for elementary through high school students. She is an AP Computer Science A Consultant for the College Board and AP Reader for AP Computer Science A tests.
Before coming to the Indiana Academy, she was Departmental Manager for various computer departments at Ontario Systems Corp. in Muncie, Indiana. She has experience as a Software Project Manager/Systems Analyst at Conseco, Inc. (Carmel, IN) and started as a Programmer Analyst at Ball Corporation in Muncie, Indiana. While attending Ball State University as an undergraduate, she was a programmer consultant for the Charles A. Beard School Corporation in Knightstown, Indiana and was instrumental in setting up their first computer labs. She has also taught night classes at Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, IN. Currently, she is an independent contractor for various programming projects.
Ms. Cunningham is a former member and officer (serving 3 terms) on the Board of Directors for Heritage Place in Indianapolis, Indiana, former member of the Indianapolis Computer Society, former member of the Network of Business Women in Indianapolis, former member of Toastmasters, former member of Sigma Iota Epsilon (Ball State) and has served on the YMCA Programs and Activities Committee, Muncie, IN. In 1989, she was in the Who’s Who Among Women Executives.
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Dr. Krista Hook
Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Ph.D. (Physics Education) – Purdue University
M.S. (Astrophysics), B.S. (Physics) – Ball State University
Office: EL 027
Dr. Hook teaches General Physics, AP Physics 1, Solar System Astronomy, and Galactic Astronomy classes at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. She received her B.S. degree in 2010 from Ball State University in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Geology. She completed her M.S. degree, also at Ball State University, in 2017 in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of an Echelle spectrograph, describing and conducting data analysis on the accretion disc of the binary star system X Persei. Prior to arriving at the Indiana Academy in the Fall of 2022, she taught physics classes at Ball State University and Purdue University in the capacity of a teaching assistant for almost all of the years she was a graduate student at those universities.
Recently, in the summer of 2023, she completed her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Physics Education from Purdue University. Her dissertation concerned the post-secondary realm of educators and their beliefs about teaching problem-solving which revealed a caring and student-centered perception of education.
Dr. Hook has been published several times throughout her career thus far, aside from her thesis and dissertation, including in journals such as Planetary and Space Science Journal, the Journal of the Southern Association for Research in Astronomy, and paper sessions of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has also attended and presented at several conferences. She has presented research at the 39th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in 2007 and participated in poster sessions of her research at the American Astronomical Society (AAS): Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in 2008 and the American Astronomical Society / American Association of Physics Teachers Joint Meeting in 2006. She also regularly attends the Hoosier Association for Science Teachers Conference.
In her free time, Dr. Hook enjoys spending time with her husband, fur-children (4 dogs and 1 cat), and her mom who now lives with her due to health. She enjoys reading/watching mystery, science fiction, and fantasy genre content and hopes to someday contribute to the art with her own books someday. She also likes to paint, solve mystery case games (such as her Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – The Thames Murders & Other Cases Board Game), and game on her play station (her favorite being the entire Assassin’s Creed Series, first to latest).
Adjunct Lecturer Emeritus of Life Sciences
M.S. – University of Michigan
B.Ph. – Grand Valley University
Office: WA 147
Mr. Mayfield teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Introduction to Microbiology, Introduction to Zoology, Botany, Humanity/Biotechnology, and Social Issues and Research. Additionally, he serves as the sponsor of the Environmental Club, Speech and Debate Team, and Envirothon Team. Mr. Mayfield is an evolutionary biologist who is doing his dissertation research on evolutionary relationships in orchids. He has published articles in the fields of systematic botany and entomology.
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Assistant Lecturer of Chemistry
M.A. – Indiana Wesleyan University
B.A. – Indiana University
B.S. – Trine University
Office: EL 009 G
Chris Norton joined the Academy in the fall of 2018 teaching General Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Her philosophy on education is that it is not a spectator sport; students must be engaged in what they are learning and be provided with opportunities to apply what they have learned in novel situations. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and continues to seek better and more engaging methods to the classroom. Chris received her Master’s in Science Education from Indiana Wesleyan and has begun work on her Master’s in Chemistry where she will continue her focus on Chemistry Education. She holds a BA from Indiana University in Sociology with a concentration in Psychology and a BS from Trine University in Chemistry Education and a concentration in Mathematics.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Smith
Director Emeritus of Academic Affairs
Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma
M.S., B.S. – Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Office: WA 172
Dr. Jeff Smith retired from the Indiana Academy in 2021 but is a part-time adjunct instructor teaching elective classes in the Science Division. He currently teaches Field Botany, Introduction to Horticulture and Genetics. Since his degrees are all in Botany, Academy students have access to a highly qualified teacher for these elective classes.
Dr. Smith has been a consultant for College Board for AP Biology since 1996. He participates in the essay exam reading each year and has held various leadership positions such as Question Leader and Table Leader. Dr. Smith teaches one-day AP Biology workshops for teachers as well as several AP Summer Institutes. He was part of the team that developed portions of the new AP Biology curriculum that launched in the Fall of 2012.
Dr. Smith is a leading expert on African violets. He and students at the Indiana Academy have received grants and published several articles on the genetics, biochemistry, and taxonomy of these plants. Several of his hybrids have been released to the public for commercial sale. Dr. Smith has authored a chapter on hybridizing African violets that was published in “Breeding Ornamental Plants” from Timber Press.
Dr. Smith has received several teaching awards, including: the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Gold Medal, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Indiana, and the Tandy Scholar Award from RadioShack.
Dr. Godfrey Walwema
Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics
Ph.D. (Curriculum & Instruction) – University of Wyoming
M.S. (Physics) – Western Illinois University
B.S. (Physics & Mathematics) – Makerere University (Uganda)
Office: EL 008 E
Dr. Godfrey Walwema is thrilled to join The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities as a Physics Instructor. Godfrey has taught physics for over 15 years at the International Baccalaureate and Advanced levels as well as high school. Prior to joining Ball State University, Godfrey taught physical science to preservice teachers at the University of Wyoming. He has also taught physics in Uganda, Kenya, Eswatini, and Botswana.
Godfrey believes that students should find the learning of physics interesting and exciting because the application of physics principles is evident all around them in real-life situations. He contends that naturally, students are likely to be interested in exploring and learning about what happens around them. For instance, they would want to know how the microwave oven functions, the principle behind the GPS, the most efficient way to conserve energy, and the technology involved in computers and cellphones. To this end, Godfrey’s research interest is to investigate teaching strategies that would make the learning of physics interesting and exciting to students.
Godfrey earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Makerere University, an M.S. in Physics from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education from The University of Wyoming. In his spare time, he reads about the latest innovations in the field of science and technology.
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Dr. Donald Winslow
Assistant Teaching Professor of Life Sciences
Ph.D. (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior – Indiana University
M.S. (Zoology) – Michigan State University
B.A. (Zoology and Psychology) – Indiana University
Office: EL 008 E
Donald Winslow grew up in Indianapolis and studied at Indiana University and Michigan State. His dissertation project addressed the effects of forest management practices on breeding birds in southern Indiana. He has also studied birds in the field in Michigan, Saskatchewan, California, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Dr. Winslow has taught biology and environmental science at Indiana University, Michigan State University, St. Gregory’s University and Rose State College in Oklahoma, Ivy Tech, and the Indiana Academy. He lives with his wife, two sons, and three cats in Hagerstown.