Ms. Pohto

Chemistry / Physical Science / Mathematics
Mentor Exempted Village School District
Mentor, OH

Where I've Been

I was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts which is just outside Boston. I moved to East, Cleveland when I was 5, and I went to kindergarten there. We then moved to Cleveland Heights and I went to Nobel elementary, Monticello Junior High and Cleveland Heights High. I graduated from high school in June of 1977 and attended Westminster College where I majored in Chemistry. I graduated in May 1981 and immediately started working for Avery Dennison in Painesville, Ohio. During my time as a research chemist I received a Technical Directors Award for Significant Product Innovation and Creativity. I also received two US Patents for chemical formulations that I helped develop. After 15 years, I enrolled in the teacher internship program at John Carroll University. I completed my student teaching at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I began working at Mentor High School in August of 1997.

My Life as an Educator

I am a highly qualified teacher certified in Chemistry and Mathematics. Currently I am teaching Chemistry and Physical Science Interactions - which is a semester of Chemistry and a semester of Physics. During eight years at Mentor High School I have taught the following classes: Chemistry, Physical Science, Life Science, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra/Geometry Interactions II, Summer School Math 7/8 and Summer School Algebra I.

When I'm Not Working...

I am a single Mom with two teenage children.  My son, Larry, is a freshman at Hiram College.  My daughter, Abby, is a senior in Chardon High School. We have with two dogs, Tiki (a West Highland Terrier) and Huey (a yellow lab).  We also have several rabbits and we raise ducks in the summer.  I like scrap booking and stamping and I love science fiction and fantasy (dragons, unicorns, castles, etc).

Web Sites I Like

  • Chemistry has links to other sites all on the topic of chemistry.
  • At Creative Chemistry you will lots of fun activities to help you understand chemistry better.
  • At Web Elements you will find information on the Periodic Table and all of the elements.
  • The Chemistry Tutor can help with your problems in Chemistry.
  • The Student Zone has lots of information for students that can help them answer questions and find information on many topics, not just science.


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This is a personal homepage and doesn't represent the opinions of my school. Last updated on August 3, 2005.