Meet the Agriscience Staff!

Ms. Cipolla

Ms. Cipolla is currently the Stamford Agriscience Program Director, Co-FFA Advisor, and Plant Science and Agribusiness teacher. She began teaching in 2014, and was a long term substitute at the Housatonic Valley Regional FFA Chapter in Falls Village, CT before she became a certified Agriscience teacher. Ms. Cipolla grew up raising quarter horses, and riding in English and Western competitions. She fell in love with FFA and Agricultural Education when she enrolled in an Equine Science class in her high school's Agricultural Education program. After high school, Ms. Cipolla earned her Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness Management at SUNY Cobleskill. Then worked as a Veterinary Assistant for two years before earning her Master's in Agricultural Education. Ms. Cipolla always thought she'd be an Animal Science teacher, but she always enjoyed taking Floral Design classes as an elective in college and grew up gardening at home with her mom. She has fallen in love with teaching plant science and you can usually find her in the greenhouse going on a tangent about plant blindness! In her spare time, Ms. Cipolla enjoys hiking, playing guitar and ukulele, and reading. Follow Ms. Cipolla on instagram and TikTok! @AgSci_Cipolla 


Mrs. Marenholz

Mrs. Marenholz has been teaching at Westhill High School since 2010.  She majored in Animal Science and received her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut. In her time in the Stamford Agriscience Program, she has taught multiple classes throughout all grade levels, served as the Chapter FFA Advisor, coordinated the Doggie Daycare program, and coached many CDEs.

Mrs. Marenholz is an animal lover with 2 dogs and 3 cats of her own.  In addition, she is an avid volunteer at her local animal shelter and has fostered over 100 cats and kittens in the past 5 years.  She also has experience training guide dogs as a volunteer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind for multiple years. She also enjoys sports, hiking and the outdoors, jewelry making and spending time with her family and friends.


Ms. Porter-Collins

PC has been teaching at Westhill High School since 2015 and teaching overall since 2011. She majored in Biomedical Sciences and Agricultural Education and received her Bachelor's of Science from Texas A&M University. After finding a way to combine her two passions, PC began teaching in CT with a bachelor's and currently holds a Master's in Curriculum Development and Educational Technology Integration from Western Governors University. While she started out teaching out animal sciences, she is now our forerunner for AP Environmental Science and has certainly found her "niche" there (punintended)! Outside of agriculture and education, she enjoys all things "nerdy." Marvel, DC, ComicCons, Cosplay, and Harry Potter to name a few of her fandoms!


Ms. Lopez

Ms. Lopez is a former agriscience student from Trumbull, Connecticut. She received her bachelor's degree in animal science and master's in instruction and curriculum from UConn. She has been working in veterinary medicine for 5 years and is currently working part time as a veterinary technician. She has a pet chihuahua named Champ, and in her free times, enjoys reading and writing. 


Ms. Cascio

Coming soon!