Jean Placko


This will be my 5th year teaching science at Capital High School.

I grew up outside of Seattle Washington in the constant rain, dense forests, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Lured by the wild Rocky Mountains, I moved to Montana after high school to attend the University of Montana and gain a degree in Environmental Science.

I spent the next decade working for various science education organizations in the US and abroad. During that time I was able to take part in several professional research projects, including observing whales in the Sea of Cortez, monitoring sea turtles and gigantic tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, and collecting grizzly bear hairs in Yellowstone National Park.

In 2013, I earned a Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark Graduate school in Portland Oregon and decided to return to Montana to teach science.

When not at work, I love to adventure in the wilds via bike, ski, raft, and my own two feet. I enjoy cooking, traveling, drawing, painting, and continuing to learn more about the natural world. Last year, I adopted a new furry friend, named Nikka. She is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Husky cross and a fabulous new companion.

Please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns that you may have.

I will be posting the weekly class schedule, daily class activities and assignments, needed resources, and important announcements on Microsoft Teams.