Jean Placko


This will be my 4th 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.  This past 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.

For more specific course information, including daily class activities and assignments, pertinent updates and news, and links to additional information visit my classroom website.

Jean Placko's Schedule

  • 1st Period

    Biology I

  • 2nd Period

    Biology I

  • 3rd Period


  • 4th Period

    Honors Biology I

  • 5th Period


  • 6th Period

    Honors Biology I

  • 7th Period

    Honors Biology I