Science Department

Mrs. Jones

April is the 1993 class Valedictorian of RCHS. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and her Teacher Certification in Secondary Science from North Georgia College and State University, a Master's Degree in K-12 Science from Walden University, and a Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology from Valdosta University. During her career, she has taught many different levels and subjects within the science curriculum. She is married with three children.

Ms. Presti

A graduate of Highlands Sr. High School in Pennsylvania, Kathy has a chemistry background, graduating from St. Leo University in 1992 with a degree in Education. She has taught middle school science and math for 15 years, served as Head Volleyball coach for 10 years, 21st IMS CLCC administrator and IMS Science Department Chair for 9 years, and Team Leader for 10 years. Currently in her 29th year teaching HS science, she earned her Master’s Degree in HS Science, then in 2015, her EdS in Teacher Leadership with Certification in Online Learning.  Kathy has two sons, John and Paul.

Mrs. Rider

Whitney is a 2002 graduate of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of North Georgia and a Master's Degree in Secondary Science from Georgia Southern University. Whitney is continuing her educational journey by currently working on a Specialist Degree from Valdosta State University. During her career, she has taught science at both the middle and high school levels and coached girls softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.  She currently serves as the Science Department Head at RCHS and works with the Anchor Club.

Dr. Seehorn

Dr. Seehorn was born in Lenoir N.C. and received a BS in Environmental Health from UGA, a Master's in Ed Guidance/Counseling from the U. of N. Florida, and a doctorate in Forest Ecology from Clemson. He has multiple Star Teacher awards, 6 Envirothon state championships, is a two-time Georgia Environmental Educator of the Year and the 1999 Zeneca Ag National Environmental Educator of the Year. He served 20 years on the National Envirothon Council, founded the Georgia Envirothon, and has been an AP Environmental Science reader for 17 years.

Ms. Vandenberg

Daven graduated in 2011 from Harris County High School. Afterwards, she attended Berry College for her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She then participated in GaTAPP to earn her teaching certificate and began teaching high school science classes. Daven graduated from UGA in 2020 with her Master's in Secondary Science Education. She enjoys teaching Physical Science, Chemistry, and Environmental Science! She hopes to continue her education with a Gifted Endorsement within the next year.