Hello! My name is Mike Hischak and I am a proud member of the physics department here at Northern. I am originally from a small town in coal mining country in Northeast Pennsylvania but I left the area to attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Go Terps! I have undergrad degrees in physics and secondary science education and a minor in archaeology.
I have been teaching in high schools since I graduated in 2007. I spent 6 years at Cherry Hill East before leaving to come to Northern in August 2013. Since then I have helped overhaul Northern’s physics program with the implementation of new AP courses in the last several years. My educational philosophy is centered on the idea of the zone of proximal development, or as I call it, the Goldilocks zone. If you challenge students too much or too little, they’ll shut down. Finding the right amount to push and challenge each student is in my opinion, the quintessential ingredient to learning.
I am privileged to work with amazing students and colleagues everyday at Northern. I have taught a wide array of classes and levels from physical science to college prep physics to AP Physics 1 and 2. I fell in love with physics in high school and I am hoping to pass on that passion to my students.
I am a science nerd at heart and will keep my students up to date with the latest news from NASA and SpaceX and other cool science stories. I also advise the Habitat for Humanity club at Northern which works with the Burlington County Affiliate to help build homes in the local area. When I am not doing school related activities I can often be found on the pickleball court, playing board games with my friends, or enjoying some live music.
I believe that everyone has the right to learn science and that no matter how hard the course is, you can still have fun while learning it. I look forward to meeting you!