The Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes those that perform a great service to science education in North Carolina. The award is named in honor of Mike Jackson, who played a primary role in establishing NCSLA. Fisher Scientific Education has graciously sponsored the award since 1998.
This year’s DSA winner is Carla Billups. Carla has been described as “passionate,” and as an inspiration to other educators “to follow her commitment to science and math excellence.” Peers described Carla as someone who “understands the value of community input and involvement”. In addition, colleagues recognized Carla as a “true lifelong learner” whose “enthusiasm for learning” has greatly benefited her students and co-workers.
Carla Billups is clearly dedicated to STEM education in North Carolina. She has served as an AIMS trainer and Mickelson Teacher Academy instructor. She has won over 30 grants, including the Toyota TAPESTRY grant for an innovative outdoor learning project. Moreover, as a STEM coach, she has mentored other teachers so successfully that some of them have gone on to receive awards themselves!
NCSLA is also proud to say that our winner is home grown: Carla Billups was a NCSLA Fellow and she has served two terms as Secretary of NCSLA.