Welcome to Mrs. Futch's  Anatomy/Physiology, & Biotechnology (CTE & Science) Rooms A-131 & A-312

A bit of my history: 

         Education and Background     

I grew up in Chula Vista in southern California and attended Pomona College as a biology major before earning my M.A. in secondary Science Education from Claremont Graduate University. I started teaching in California 28 years ago (1986-1991 middle school and 1991-1994 high school) before moving to AZ with my husband's employment.

From 1999-2004, I enjoyed teaching "Human Biology" and "Personal Health and Social Issues" at Catalina Foothills High School before moving, again with my husband's employment; however, this time it was to Germany for a delightful year of travel, adventure and work. I began teaching at IRHS in 2007 & am happy to continue with the IRHS Science & CTE faculty teams.

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About Biotechnology (CTE/Science):  We incorporate a significant amount of introductory biotechnology into the freshman biology curriculum and students with A's and strong B's in biology (or a later science course) are encouraged to enroll in BIOTECHNOLOGY 1- a science/CTE course in applied biology and chemistry exploring the many fields of biotechnology. Throughout the year some of the students have the opportunity to travel to Grand Canyon University for Health Science and Nursing Day, HOSA Fall and Spring conferences and competitions, UofA College of Medicine Library bioinformatics research training, UofA UBURP Conference, and more! Many guest speakers from local industry and academia will also enrich the experience.  Students who choose to can receive 3 units of fully transferable college credit for each Biotech 1 and Biotech 2 through the University of Arizona for $475.


Anatomy and Physiology - This Junior/Senior elective science course is a hands-on investigation into the structure and function of the animal body.  Although the focus is on human anatomy and physiology, we will explore anatomy through studying worms, frogs, fetal pigs, beef bones, lamb hearts and brains, and we'll even delve into some plant antaomy and physiology next spring. Throughout the year some of the students have the opportunity to travel to Grand Canyon University for Health Science and Nursing Day, HOSA Fall and Spring conferences and competitions, UofA College of Medicine Library bioinformatics research training, UofA UBURP Conference, and more! Many guest speakers from local industry and academia will also enrich the experience.


Related Clubs:     Biology and Biotechnology students are encouraged to become members of IRHS Arizona HOSA - Future Health Professionals

and/or to become members of the 

IRHS SMART Team (Students Modeling a Research Topic) - a protein modeling team.


Please Google "AZHOSA" or "CBM MSOE SMART" for more detailed information about our national affiliates, or click on the club webpage links on my home page.


I hope to share with you my love of biology and my enthusiasm for teaching and for learning!

Contact Mrs. Futch:

lfutch@amphi.com