Science Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Science Department at Brophy College Preparatory is to develop critical thinkers who understand the ethical responsibility that comes with scientific knowledge. Students are encouraged to take classes in many fields of science so that they will understand the interrelated nature of the scientific disciplines and discover that the scientific method is common to all areas of science. We seek to ensure that our students have the scientific knowledge to become responsible citizens in today’s advancing society.

There are many opportunities in the science department for students to advance to honors or advanced placement level classes once they demonstrate proficiency in the mathematic and scientific prerequisite skills needed for success in these courses. Three years of laboratory classes are required for graduation but most students choose to take elective courses in science beyond the minimum requirements.

Andy Mazzolini, Department Chair

Honors Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry
Mr. Mazzolini has taught science in the Phoenix area for many years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1983 after moving to Arizona from Virginia. He received a Master of Natural Science from ASU in 1993. He has taught everything from biology to chemistry to physics and enjoys how all the sciences interrelate to one another. Mr. Mazzolini joined the Brophy faculty in 2007. Along with teaching science, Mr. Mazzolini has also been involved with the Brophy Robotics Team. Mr. Mazzolini enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, and reading – especially science fiction.
 
Classroom: Piper 216  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  amazzolini@brophyprep.org

Kevin Burke

Chemistry
Mr. Burke joins Brophy after teaching for 10 years at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale where he taught Earth and Space Science, Physics, and Regular, Honors, and AP Chemistry. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame in Chemistry and obtained his teaching credential while an undergrad at St. Mary’s College. He has done graduate work in business at USD and Roosevelt University, and graduate work in science at NAU and ASU. His daughter graduated from Xavier College Prep and his son was a member of the Brophy Class of 1996. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.
 
Classroom: Piper 214  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  kburke@brophyprep.org

Tanea Hibler

Environmental Science, Biology
After having taught at international schools since 2009, Ms. Hibler recently returned to Phoenix. She previously taught at the Wells International School in Bangkok, Thailand and then taught science for four years at Concordia International School in Shanghai. Prior to moving to Asia, Ms. Hibler taught science in the Buckeye Union High School District. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from California State University-East Bay and received her Master of Education from ASU.
 
Classroom: Piper 112  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  thibler@brophyprep.org

Bill Kalkman

Biology
Mr. Kalkman earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He began teaching and coaching high school students in 1988. Since joining the Brophy faculty in 2004, he has taught Biology, Weight Training, and Physical Education. Coach Kalkman is also on the varsity football coaching staff and he heads up the Brophy track and field program. He is married with two children, and enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, and recreational games.
 
Classroom: Piper 114  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  bkalkman@brophyprep.org

Cheryl Lenox

Advanced Placement Biology, Honors Biology
Ms. Lenox attended college at Adams State College and Western State College in Colorado. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri in 1980 and then continued with graduate work in Missouri and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. studying molecular cell biology and biotechnology. Ms. Lenox earned a Master of Education from ASU with an emphasis on teaching the gifted and talented. She teaches AP Biology, Honors Biology, and coaches the Brophy League of Academic Contests which includes Science Bowl and Quiz Bowl.

Ms. Lenox joined the Brophy faculty in December 2000. She has taught science at private and public schools since 1983. She enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and riding and showing her cutting horses.

Classroom: Piper 117  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  clenox@brophyprep.org

Juan Pablo Marrufo del Toro, S.J.

Physics
Father Juan Pablo will split his full time teaching load between the Math and Science departments as well as contributing to the sacramental and pastoral life of our community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a Minor in Physics from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Guadalajara; his Master of Arts in Social Philosophy from Loyola of Chicago; and a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara.    

Classroom:  Eller Building  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jmarrufo@brophyprep.org

Patricia Mazier

Honors Biology, Honors Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Environmental Science
Mrs. Mazier’s passion for science began in the science labs at Xavier College Preparatory. She earned a Bachelor of Science from NAU and a Master of Education from ASU. She is an adjunct faculty member of Rio Salado Community College. As a member of the Brophy faculty she is the co-moderator of the Key Club and has taught a variety of science courses including advanced science research, environmental science, biology, and chemistry. The areas of science of particular interest to her are evolution, ecology, and clean energy and sustainability. She enjoys reading, volunteering, and traveling.
 
Classroom: Piper 214  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  pmazier@brophyprep.org

José Ramon Tusell, Ph.D.

Physics, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics
Dr. Tusell has a Ph.D in Chemistry from Montana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. He enjoys learning about physics, chemistry, and biology. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, running, hiking, and playing soccer.
 
Classroom: Piper 210 and 216  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jrtusell@brophyprep.org

Mike Welty ’83

Advanced Placement Physics, Honors Physics
Mr. Welty earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Education from ASU. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988. He has taught a variety of math and science courses over the years.
 
Classroom: Piper 212  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  mwelty@brophyprep.org

Zachary Widbin

Honors Introduction to Engineering, Advanced Placement Physics, Introduction to Innovative Technologies
Mr. Widbin grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York before attending Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He came to Phoenix in 2009 and served two years as an AmeriCorps member at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where he worked directly on programs supporting the local homeless population. In addition, he spent those two years as coach of the Brophy JV lacrosse team, before joining the faculty in 2011. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, playing competitive sports, hiking, and camping.
 
Classroom: Piper 210  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  zwidbin@brophyprep.org