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“The power of your story may not lie in its drama, but in its absolutely perfect relationship to your cause.”
― John Capecci and Timothy Cage, Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference
I am honored to represent the North Carolina Science Leadership Association as its incoming President for 2016-2017 year. I would like to take a few moments to thank Gina Barrier for all her hard work as last year’s Past President and planning the fall and spring professional development meetings. These meetings were a huge success and spotlighted great science education practices on literacy. I would also like to thank Wayne Fisher, 2015-2016 President, for being a great role model and for continuing the goals of this organization.
As we move forward this year, I would like to encourage all science leaders across the state to come together through this organization and become advocates for science education. All science leaders need to seek out elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels to encourage them to support science education and to make positive changes within the schools and their districts.
Why do we need to do this? STEM is such a hot topic right now. As science educators, we need to take this opportunity and meet with our representatives to ensure that we have support for quality STEM education now and in the future. Our organization can help educators by giving them the tools to successfully seek resources that can provide quality-teaching opportunities for the students.
NCSLA is uniquely positioned for this job! This organization includes a broad range of educators and science education leaders. That gives us a powerful and diverse platform to spread our message in the community. To make our voice heard it is important that we recruit and grow this organization. I encourage all members to be part of this activity and help this organization grow and increase its effectiveness in the community. I would like for a representative from each county in NC be a part of this organization to provide a voice in how science education can improve across the state. Sharing best practices and methodologies can create the needed changes in making NC a leader in science education.
As a past middle school and high school science educator, I couldn’t have done what I did the classroom without the support of my administrator and local school board members and writing grants for projects in my classroom. At first I didn’t get funding for my ideas but I continued and eventually my ideas were heard and I received the backing and funding needed to implement the hands on activities and learning experiences in the classroom. I became my own advocate for what I believe and you can too! Believe in yourself and your ideas and with hard work and determination your plans can be achieved.
Go become an advocate for science education!
2016-2017 NCSLA President