GrowNextGen teacher leader

James Gillahan

Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry of Health, Genetics of Disease, and Bioinformatics teachers at Woodridge High School

James would love to be contacted about or to collaborate on any of these topics: Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry of Health, Genetics of Disease, and Bioinformatics.

What about teaching excites you?
What I love about teaching is seeing growth in students and pushing them to learn about themselves to discover what they are interested in for a career.

How do you help students make the industry or real-world connection to what they’re learning?
I challenge my students to find applicable jobs available in every unit. I also have conversations with students to go beyond what they are learning and consider careers in each area that we cover. I also connect students with professionals in the field to help with their capstone projects and to foster a mentorship outside of the classroom experience.