Rutledge, Sara


This is my fifth year at Wando High School and my twelfth year in the classroom.  I moved to the Charleston area from Houston, Texas, where I worked in the chemical industry for four years before transitioning to the teaching profession.  I earned my chemical engineering degrees at Princeton University (BSE) and at the University of Texas at Austin (MS).  I earned my teaching certificate in 2005 and have taught both chemistry and physics.  My passion is helping students explore the relationships between their academic subject and the real world, particularly around the topics of energy and the environment.  Outside of school, my hobbies include swimming, cycling, yoga and piano. 

Contact Information

 Phone:  843-856-5800 x27379
 Room #:
 L302 (CAS)
 Office Hours:
 Tuesday and Thursday 7:45-8:15

Courses Taught

Honors Physics

Physics is the most basic of all the sciences.  It describes the nature of motion, forces, energy, sound and light.  The Honors Physics course is a mixture of conceptual physics (why do satellites orbit Earth?) and quantitative physics (how far will a long-jumper travel based on her initial velocity and angle of takeoff?).  It explores equations in more depth and moves faster than the CP Physics course.  The laboratory portion of the course will stress determining relationships between variables in order to confirm laws of physics.   

       AP Physics 1 

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based introductory physics course.  It is designed to be a first-year course and most students taking it have not taken a physics class before.  AP Physics 1 is offered on the skinny schedule.  The topics are similar to those covered in Honors Physics and are handled with a focus more on reasoning and relationships than on numerical answers.

Honors Chemistry

This course will provide an introduction to major chemistry principles through well-designed lab experiences and demonstrations.  Expect to use problem-solving skills, hands-on lab activities, reading and calculating every day to explore chemical reactions, the nature of solutions and gases, discover chemical bonding, acids and bases and nuclear chemistry, among other topics.

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