gatling12The 2012 Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina was presented to Dr. Sam Houston at the annual Fall meeting held in Winston Salem on November 7, 2012. This award honors a person who exemplifies the high standards the late Herman Gatling of Durham County set in his job and his life. Victor and Brian Gatling and Robert Bynum and Debbie Bingaman from Carolina Biological Supply Company presented Dr. Houston with the award.

This award recognizes the recipient as the outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. Herman was given the first award posthumously in 1989; his wife, Emma, accepted his award on behalf of the family. This annual award has been sponsored by the Carolina Biological Supply Company since the inception of the award.

Dr. Houston was selected for this award for the work he has done throughout the state to nurture and grow STEM education. As President and CEO of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, Dr. Houston is at the forefront of many state and national initiatives to improve science education standards, build leadership capacity for science education, and recognize and support outstanding science teachers in North Carolina.

As one person wrote in support of Dr. Houston, "I firmly believe that Sam Houston embodies the true meaning of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award; he is a true science leader in its deepest sense. Dr. Houston is an insightful and visionary leader who is dedicated to improving science education in NC and across the nation."

Submitted by Wayne Fisher
NCSLA Awards Chairperson


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