Dr. Dornhoffer

Biology Teacher

Dr. Dornhoffer completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Hendrix College, where he graduated Summa cum Laude in 2009. He completed his PhD in marine sciences at the University of Georgia in 2015, after receiving numerous teaching awards from the University.

As the AP/Honors Biology and Introduction to Science Subject Expert Teacher, Dr. Dornhoffer’s goal is for students who combine curiosity with critical thinking to develop a genuine love of learning. BASIS Independent Silicon Valley believes that the most incredible learning happens when dedicated learners are partnered with dedicated teachers, and says, “My own experience has convinced me that this is where incredible things happen.”

Dr. Dornhoffer continues, “My teaching philosophy stems from two realizations: deep learning is an active and highly intellectual act, and teaching is in and of itself an intellectual act separate from mastery of the content. The best classrooms are those that pair passionate teachers with students ready to take an active role in their own education.”

When he’s not in the classroom, Dr. Dornhoffer is practicing one of his many musical instruments, toying around with his model railroad, and reading.