Meet the Board: Lesley Brickhouse and Gina Barrier

Gina 2013 BWGina Barrier, President-Elect
Regina (Gina) Morrison Barrier has served as the Director of the Northwestern Outreach Office of The Science House of NC State University for over 12 years. The Science House is an educational outreach program of the College of Sciences at NC State University and supports 6 offices across the state that offer Sustained STEM Support (S3) to schools in rural areas. Caldwell County Schools hosts the Northwestern Office at The Education Center in Lenoir, NC. Gina conducts Teacher Professional Development across NC in the use of data-collection equipment, inquiry-based pedagogy and safe science practices. She also manages an equipment loan program for schools in 8 northwestern NC counties.

Gina is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University with a BS in Chemistry and an MA in Educational Media/Instructional Technology. Prior to her work with The Science House, Gina spent a number of years teaching Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science and Earth Science. She has also worked as an adhesives chemist. During her industrial career, she first served as Quality Control Lab Manager, then moved into Research & Development and technical service as Fiberglass Resin Specialist.

Gina conducts Chemistry and Physics on the Road shows across NC and has presented sessions at state, regional and national conferences such as NCSTA, NSTA, American Chemical Society (ACS), Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS (SERMACS), ChemEd, ACS Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), NC Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE), South Carolina Science Council, NC DPI Science Safety Conference and WRESA Summer Leadership Conference. She has published articles in The Science Teacher, The Physics Teacher, Proceedings from the Conference on K-12 Outreach From University Science Departments and an online magazine Connect: Innovations in K-8 Science, Math, and Technology. Gina is a certified GLOBE trainer and has also served as an article reviewer for The Physics Teacher.

Gina has an extensive background in science safety and is an authorized OSHA trainer. In industry, Gina managed the Hazard Communication and Lab Safety Programs and was responsible for training employees in both NC and Virginia facilities. She has conducted safety training for schools since 1995 and has also developed an online peer-reviewed science safety database. Gina has presented safety workshops for NC DPI and has served as a safety and content reviewer for Pearson Education.

Having participated in the NCSLA Fellows Program and serving as Secretary of NCSLA for the past 3 years, Gina has experience as an NCSLA Board member and with the opportunities that the organization provides. As President-Elect, Gina supports the mission of NCSLA to provide opportunities for networking, growth and leadership in the NC science arena.

lesleyLesley Brickhouse, Director
I am a North Carolina Certified teacher in Middle Grades Science 6-9 and am National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Science. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree from Fayetteville State University in Biology and my Masters of Education from Walden University, where my concentration was Instructional Technology. I have over 16 years of experience in education. The vast majority of my educational experience has been as a Middle School Science teacher here in NC; however, I have also taught Science and Math in Prince George County in Maryland. Outside of teaching, I have experience coaching cheerleading, girls track, and step team.

I am currently employed as an Instructional Resource Teacher for Wake County Public School. During my tenure in Wake County Public Schools, I have served in several capacities outside of the classroom, including: District Improvement SIOP Coach, Magnet Coordinator, Technology Coordinator, Science Curriculum Writer, and Science Workshop Facilitator. I also have worked with the N.C. State University Science House where I served as a Technology Instructor for the Imhotep Academy for several years. I have written curriculum for Baylor College in Houston, Texas. I have facilitated several trainings in the use of instructional technology, including Wimba, Elluminate, Blackboard, Lotus Notes, PowerPoint, SMART Board and interactive LCD projectors.

I frequently participate in professional development opportunities. I love to attend workshops and conferences so that I can stay abreast of the current trends in education and to gain insight on new strategies for providing quality instruction. I am a member of North Carolina Educators Association (NCAE), North Carolina Science Leaders Association (NCSLA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). I currently serve on the Board as a Director at Large and as a Fellow in the Science Leadership Fellows Program for NCSLA. My participation in these organizations have provided valuable insight that I use to create and to teach other teachers how to create engaging, differentiated, and content-rich lessons.