The science department at EPCHS wants students to know what science is: that it is a process of discovering how the world works. Other fields may use logic on previous information, but science involves logical thinking and testing of a constant inflow of new, additional information.

Science is the best way humans have of understanding how the natural world works. With each new bit of information discovered, we have a sharper focus of the processes of the natural world. Science is descriptive, not prescriptive, ie, it does not show us how the natural world should be, but how it really is. Why is that important? Because using scientific knowledge, humans have been able to expand the lengths of our lives and better the physical qualities of our environment far beyond those of our ancestors. No other human endeavor produces technology, which results in these betterments of our lives, physically.

Science Staff

Megan Beecham - 309-698-7562 -

Mrs. Beecham is a long time resident of Central Illinois, graduating from PCHS in 1994. She attended Bradley University, graduating in 2001 with her Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Secondary Education. In 2008, she graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Mrs. Beecham currently teaches in the Science Department and is a member of the Freshman Academy Team, and also serves as a Link Crew advisor. In her spare time, Mrs. Beecham loves to spend time with her husband and her daughter.

Martin Hobbs - 309-698-7558 -

Martin Hobbs has taught Earth Science and Environmental Science at East Peoria Community High School since 1995. He also has served as the Lead Teacher of the Science Department since 2005. Mr. Hobbs received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography Education in 1995, and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1999, both from Illinois State University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Geoscience Education from Mississippi State University in 2003. Mr. Hobbs created the district paper recycling program in 1996 and added plastic, tin, and aluminum to the program in 2006. Mr. Hobbs co-sponsors HOPE Club, an environmental themed club. In addition to environmental issues, Mr. Hobbs has a passion for weather and traveling. Mr. Hobbs is an avid gardener, and cook and enjoys playing and watching sports, reading fiction, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Sean Poindexter - 309-698-7535 -

Camron Stanley - 309-698-7559 - - Website

Mr. Stanley is a long-time resident of East Peoria, graduating from EPCHS himself in 2002. He attended Bradley University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biology-Secondary Education. In 2014, he graduated from Aurora University with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Stanley currently teaches Biology, Human Anatomy/Physiology, and Zoology/Botany. Mr. Stanley loves teaching about nature and in the past has served as a naturalist at Wildlife Prairie Park and an educator at the Peoria Zoo. In his spare time, Mr. Stanley loves to spend time with his wife and his two daughters and enjoys traveling, the outdoors, camping, and hiking with his family. He is also a volunteer firefighter and licensed EMT for the Marquette Heights Fire Department.

Jennifer Wrigley - 309-698-7597 -

Mrs. Wrigley joined the EPCHS staff in 2012 and teaches forensic science, biology, human anatomy & physiology, and is our dual credit biology instructor. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from Illinois State University in 2012, her Master's degree in Education from Illinois State in 2017, and Post-master's Biology certification from the University of Illinois in 2018. Her passions in the life sciences include molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology! In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking, singing, and spending time with her family & friends.

Science Resources

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