Crime scene technician presents at MHS

Erica Malloy, a teacher in the new biomedical science classes at Marshalltown High School, received some expert help teaching her class Monday.

Cortney Watson, a crime scene technician with the Marshalltown Police Department, showed students “how to investigate a crime scene from beginning to end,” Watson said.

Watson talked about how she secures a scene, takes photographs and samples, and the dozens of tools she takes with her.

“I drive an Excursion and it’s loaded with stuff,” Watson said.

She said a couple of items made the students perk up a bit

“The fingerprints and DNA – they get real excited about that,” she said.

The biomedical science classes are part of the new Project Lead the Way curriculum at the high school. MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay said bringing in experts is in line with this curriculum.

“This is exactly what we want for our kids to be exposed to professionals in the field,” Phomvisay said.

The students seem to be responding well to the class.

“There’s a lot of stuff you’ve got to think about,” said senior Nathaniel Wolff. “It’s an interesting field.”

Freshman Mary Sutton said this work helps her think about her future.

“I’ve always been interested in biomedical and I want to be a physical therapist,” Sutton said.