Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Benjamin Kagan, Science

Dr. Benjamin Kagan joined the Independence High School charter staff in the fall of 2019.  Growing up in the suburbs of NYC (Let's Go Mets, Giants, Islanders, Knicks!), Dr. Kagan earned his B.S. in Biology from Binghamton University in 1997.  After conducting research on how proteins affect cancer gene expression, he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 2002 from Georgetown University (Let's Go Hoyas!), in Washington, DC.  Dr. Kagan then worked as a post-doctoral researcher for the next 7 years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and at Georgetown University.  In 2010, Dr. Kagan received his M.Ed. with an endorsement in Secondary Biology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, while being nominated as a 2010 Milken Foundation Virginia Teacher of Promise.  In the fall of 2010, he opened Tuscarora High School, in Leesburg, VA, as a charter member of the science department, spending 9 years teaching all levels of biology (Honors, Academic, and AP/DE) and Independent Science Research, while co-sponsoring the THS Academic Team, Science National Honor Society, and Walking for Water.  For the 2022-2023 school year, Dr. Kagan will be teaching Academic Biology, AP Biology DE, and Independent Science Research DE, and will be sponsoring Key Club, Childhood Cancer Awareness Club, Pre-professional Health Honor Society, and Jewish Student Union.  Dr. Kagan enjoys spending time with his wife and son Ethan in his spare time.  Let's go Tigers!!  

Students in Dr. Kagan's classes should check Schoology for any assignments or class material.

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