• Hello,

    My name is Mr. Spencer Cody, and I teach 9-12 Science. I live in Mina with my wife, Jill, and two daughters Teagan and Temperance. I grew up in Veblen, South Dakota, and graduated from Veblen High School in 2001. In 2005 I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with a BA in Biology Middle School and Secondary Education. I went on to teach 7-12 Science in Hoven for the next 11 years.  During this time I earned an MS in Chemistry from SDSU in 2010. When I am not teaching science, I am always learning and researching science because I am fortunate enough to teach something that I am very passionate about. In my free time, I enjoy fishing and other activities with my family. My years in learning, researching, and teaching science have taken me through many varied research experiences in the lab, in the field, at sea, even a mile below Earth’s surface, and across many subfields in science from preserving dinosaurs in paleontology to analyzing muons in subatomic physics and everything in between. Science can also take you anywhere in life. You just need to be up to enjoying and meeting those challenges that the field inherently presents.

     Mr. Cody

    Lesson Plans


    Marginal marine, early Ordovician near Custer, SD
    Squid dissection at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Laboratory in Monterey, California.

    Sauropod tracks in Jurassic mud from the GSA in Denver. Setting bandit reels for red snapper and grouper surveys in the Gulf of Mexico onboard the Pisces. Refining the sonar beam for mapping off the coast of Alaska.
    Graduate research team, data collection on decay rates of bioluminescent jellyfish protein markers, Biochemistry Dept., SDSU

    Gulf Reef Fish Study onboard the NOAA Ship Pisces  

    Rejoining the Fairweather after a day of mapping onboard a sonar launch off the coast of Alaska. My daughters at Ed Ricketts lab.

    My wife, Jill, daughters, Teagan and Temperance, and, of course, Einstein.