About the Teacher

Welcome to Mrs. Sams' Earth and Environmental Science at the Early College!

This will be my 13th year teaching science and my fourth year here at the Early College.  I am truly blessed to have the privilege of working and being a part of such an amazing and supportive community of students, families and staff.  In addition to my work and involvement as a teacher, I have been happily married to my wonderful husband of 20 years and am blessed to be called "mom" by my two awesome kids, Ivan and Charli who are also students within the Alamance Burlington School System.  We live on a small farm in Southern Alamance County with cattle, "Beans," our Boxer, "Charlie" our Shorkie and our two cats, "Skippy Jon" and "Heidi."   

I look forward to getting to know and working with each and every one of you as we pursue and achieve our academic goals for this exciting 2019-2020 school year.

The focus of this course is the study of our earth and its surrounding environment of air, water, and rocks.  In addition, we will be learning and discussing the impacts that both mother nature and humans make in our daily interactions with Earth and its environment.  So, from predicting earthquake locations, analyzing impacts of volcanic debris, and determining why our terrestrial planet is not a perfect sphere..."Get ready, get set, let's learn!" 

Course Outline:

Unit I:  The Lithosphere

Unit II:  Hydrosphere

Unit III: Weather & Climate

Unit IV: Biosphere

Unit V:   Astronomy


Grades are comprised of tests/quizzes =50%, performance task (lab investigations & class projects)= 35%,  and classwork/homework =15%. 

Communication is vital to the success of your child.  Please feel free to contact me anytime!   

Shannon Sams

(336) 506-4001