mrs syed


mrs. hamadeh


The science department includes a state of the art laboratory and offers basic and advanced courses, which may include Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Environmental Science, and Physics. The advanced courses vary from year to year and include the following, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and AP Physics and these are taught at the junior or senior levels. Each student is responsible for reading assigned material, applying the scientific method, and researching special topics. Lectures, laboratory periods, and demonstrations are the primary media use in instruction. Middle School science preparation is essential for success in the Universal High School science curriculum. Students are encouraged to take the full high school science curriculum.


Linda Hamadeh, Science Department Chair
Mrs. Linda Hamadeh joined Universal School in 1997. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in May 1997 with High Honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Certification in Secondary Science Education grades 6-12.  She began teaching middle school and high school science at Universal School in August 1997 until summer 2001, when she began working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Supervision.  Mrs. Hamadeh received her M.Ed. Degree from St. Xavier University in 2003, and she returned to Universal School as a department chair and high school teacher.  She is presently pursuing her Doctorate in Education. She has also been the official IJAS school sponsor since 2004.

Laila Alharithi
Mrs. Alharithi joined Universal School in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with honors from Lincoln Memorial University in TN. She is also certified to teach elementary and 7-12 science/chemistry.

Samina Syed
Mrs. Syed joined Universal School in 1996. She graduated from the University of Alberta in Canada in secondary education (BED), with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (BSC), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and Physical Science. Mrs. Syed is certified by the State of Illinois. Mrs. Syed has teaching experience in Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry and Math.


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