FSU’s High School Physics Teachers

FSU graduates presently teaching high school physics:

Thaxter “Cole” Hensley (B.S. Physics 2017, M.S. Physics 2019):  Cole High School, Denver, Colorado. (Accepted offer for Fall 2019).

Cody Smith (B.S. Physics, 2018):  Apopka High School, Orange County.

Phillip Ellis (B.S. Chemistry, 2015):  Zephyrhills High School, Pasco County.

Jacob Breman (B.S. Physics, 2008; M.S. Science Education, 2010):  Community Christian School, Tallahassee.

Assaf Israel (B.S. Physics, 2008; M.S. Science Teaching, 2009):  Suncoast High School, Palm Beach County.

Rachel Schaffhauser Morris (B.S. Math Education, 2008):  Rutherford High School, Bay County.  Rutherford Teacher of the Year, 2015-16.  Governor’s Shine Award, 2014.

Denise Newsome (B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2008):  Deane Bozeman School, Bay County.

Amy Nelson Eardley (B.S. Physics, 2006):  Creekside High School, St. Johns County.

Adam LaMee (B.S. Physics/Anthropology, 2003):  University of Central Florida Physics Department Teacher-in-Residence.

Lance King (B.S. Physics/Education, 1992; M.S. Science Education, 2009):  Mosley High School, Bay County.


The Rutherford High School – FSU Physics connection at July 2018’s Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp for rising 9th graders.  From left:  2018 Rutherford IB graduate (and fall 2018 incoming FSU Physics major) Alexis Dutton, Rutherford physics teacher and math department head (and 2008 FSU Math Education graduate) Rachel Morris, and 2018 FSU Physics B.S. graduate and new Rutherford physics teacher Savannah Mitchem.