About the Instructors:
Our APES Team at PCHS is dedicated to providing quality instruction and real life experiences with the environment. We have been working together to build this program since 2015. Our students' interests and goals drive our instructional practices to create unique and rigorous lessons that engage our learners. We know that the curriculum from College Board is dense and challenging. We believe that all students have the ability to master the content with the right tools and skills that we help them gain and build upon during their time in our course.
Ms. Masterson is a North Carolina native, but loves to travel the world when she isn't in the classroom. She enjoys early morning walks, a good book with a cup of hot tea, and crafting new recipes in her kitchen. She spends her free time with her husband and son on outdoor adventures and enjoying all that life has to offer. Mrs. Masterson has been teaching for WCPSS since January 2008. She joined the science department at Panther Creek High in 2014. She earned her degrees (B.S. Science Education and B.A. Chemistry) from North Carolina State University in 2007.
Ms. Craven grew up in Oregon and lived in New Jersey, California, and Illinois before moving to North Carolina in 2002. She is an avid reader, gardener, and outdoor enthusiast. She has traveled to over 60 countries for business and pleasure--and has lots of places to go on her "to do" list. She enjoys learning something new every day and as an encore career, she started teaching sciences for North Carolina schools in 2007. She joined the science department at Panther Creek High in 2012. She earned her B.S. degree from Oregon State University, an M.S. from Stanford University, an MBA from Northwestern University and did education studies at North Carolina State University.
Mr. Arul was born in the jungles of Cambodia and lived in the jungle until the age of 6 1/2, subsequently immigrating to the U.S. Mr. Arul is the oldest of three siblings and enjoys listening to music, working out, long hikes in the mountains, and beach camping. He spends his free time outdoors seeking any and all opportunities of an adventure, riding his bike, staying active in sports, and being in the company of friends and family. He is also an avid UNC Tar Heels fan. He joined WCPSS and the Panther Creek High School science department in August 2011. He received a B.S. Science Education degree with a concentration in Chemistry from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in 2009.