2021 NCSLA Board Nominees

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Fall Webinars Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
 NCSLA Nominees
for Office
Jackson Award
Nominations Needed
Gatling Awardee is...
Spotlight on
Informal Science
Celebrate Mountains
to the Sea
NSTA Resources

The window for voting in the 2021 election will be released soon. Here are our nominees for President-Elect, Treasurer, and Director. There will be two director positions open.

Nominee for President-Elect

Michelle Ellis

  • began teaching in 2002
  • has taught science at the elementary, middle and high school levels and currently teaches science at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia
  • has a Masters Degree in Science Education and near completion of a PhD at Texas Tech
  • is certified for Middle School Science and AIG and licensed for Elementary Education
  • has been a member and served on the boards of NCSLA and NCSTA for many years and is currently on the Council of NSTA as the District VI Director.
  • is also a member of AERA and ASCD since 2017
  • has received numerous awards from NCSLA, NCSTA, NSTA and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
  • advocates for equity and diversity in STEM on the local, state, and national level

Nominee for Treasurer

Beverly Lyons

  • has been a member of NCSLA for most of her teaching career of 35 years and is currently NCSLA’s past president.
  • also served as President and Secretary of NCSTA.
  • now, tutoring middle and high school science students remotely. Most of her career was spent teaching life and physical sciences at the middle and high school levels.
  • received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology with teacher certification and an Academically Gifted K-12 Certification and a Naturalist Degree.
  • was recognized by NCSTA with the Vi Hunsucker Award.

Nominees for Director (two positions available)

Jeffery Edwards

  • serves as the STEM Coordinator for Surry County Schools and also serves as an Instructional Coach providing classroom support and professional development to teachers from all grade levels in the district
  • holds a B. S. Degree in Biology/Naturalist and a Ma. Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • began his teaching career in 1998 at North Surry High School where he taught Physical Science, Earth/Environmental Science, and Advanced Placement Earth/Environmental Science. In 2006, he helped open Surry County’s Early College Program on the campus of Surry Community College where he taught Earth/Environmental Science and Honors Biology
  • was a member of the 2008-2010 Kenan Fellows cohort
  • opened the Surry County Schools Science Institute (in 2013) on the campus of Meadowview Magnet Middle School
  • received the 2019 NCSTA Distinguished Service Award in Science Education for Administration/Supervision.

Willyetta Mitchell

  • has been in education for 25 years and earned a B.A. in Physics, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education and a Ph.D. in Science Education with a specialization in Physics
  • has taught Physics from Pre-K to graduate school and Earth Science, Physical Science, Math I, II, and III, Advanced Functions and Modeling, PreCalculus and AP Statistics
  • began her work at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as Physics Teacher in both the residential and Distance Learning Program
  • served as a National Faculty Member for the Smithsonian Institute Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) program now known as the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers from 2006-2017
  • was District STEM Coordinator for Franklin County Schools and also served as a Math and Science Instructional Coach for North Carolina New Schools, the Education Department Chair at Saint Augustine's College and as the Freshman Coordinator at the City of Medicine Academy in Durham Public Schools
  • grew up in San Francisco, California and currently lives in Wake County.

Christopher Gordon

  • taught middle school math and science for nine years
  • is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • was the former Interim Director of the Center for Education in STEM (CESTEM) at UNCW. Prior to that was the Assistant Director
  • traveled to Pakistan, as part of a Department of State Grant, to deliver teacher professional development on Problem Based Learning, Educational Leadership, and using Squeak Etoys coding to address curricular goals for university faculty and secondary classroom teachers
  • specializes in incorporating Problem Based Learning, computational thinking, coding, and technology into an integrated STEM classroom
  • has his students conduct field-based activities such as participating in STEM festival, technology professional development, hosting Family STEM Nights and Family Code Nights at local schools.


Print   Email