Jonna Smyth - Science Chair
B.A., Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A and Single-Subject Credential, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Ecology and Systematics, San Francisco State University
Ph.D., Integrated Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Jonna came to The Bay School in 2012 to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities afforded by the school’s mission and philosophy. She began her teaching career in the public school system before returning to graduate school to pursue ecological research. As a graduate student, she participated in research on natural communities around the world, including a nearly year-long project that involved living deep in the African bush with Baka (Pygmie) guides. While she loved research, her heart was always drawn to teaching, and so she returned to teaching high school when her graduate studies ended. She is passionate about helping students love science, and to become well-informed citizens. She teaches not only the core science courses, but also electives in climate change, biodiversity, and other topics in environmental science. Outside of school, Jonna is an avid trail runner and mountain biker and spends as much time in the woods as possible.