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Simons, Peggy » Biology is the Best!

Biology is the Best!

My love of biology began in middle school, developed in high school, and resulted in a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Stanford University. I then entered graduate school, completed my dissertation research at the National Institute of Health, and earned a Ph.D. degree in Genetics from The George Washington University.

My early work years were spent in a post-doctoral fellowship, employment in industry, work setting up an asthma and allergy lab for an affiliate of USC, and most importantly, caring for my husband and three children.

About eighteen years ago, I began to substitute teach and I discovered a second career. Over the following years, I subbed for all grades, K-12, and subsequently taught middle school science for four years. I was then fortunate to be offered a position of Biology teacher here at Culver City High School, and then the position of Science Department Chairperson. This is my fourteenth year at Culver High and I am looking forward to a wonderful year teaching Biology, Honors Biology, and Advanced Placement Biology.

In my spare time, I enjoy bicycle riding with my husband, gardening, and reading.


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New AP Biology Calculator Policy

 Please see this recent announcement from the College Board regarding types and models of acceptable calculators for AP Biology.

From the College Board:

We are updating the calculator policy for AP Biology. Beginning with the 2018 AP Biology Exam, students will continue to be able to use a four-function (with square root), and will also be able to use a scientific, or graphing calculator.

You can review the calculator policies for details about acceptable calculators for the 2018 AP Exam administration here: