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Message from
the President
NCSLA Election Results
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Meet the Board
Cheryl Horton
Mountains to the Sea

NCSLA Fellows Participate in the February Grant Writing Workshop

As a reminder, the purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education.  Currently, NCSLA has 13 active Science Leadership Fellows enrolled in the program. Our successful program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.

Grant writing was the primary topic of choice for the February Fellows meeting. NCSLA Executive Director, Pat Shane, and Fellows Committee members, Squeaky Altman-Lewis, Carla Billups, Mark Case and Dennis Kubasko, collaborated to provide training for the two-day workshop for the 2018-2020 Fellows Cohort. On Friday afternoon and evening, Fellows participated in a leadership skill puzzle, established the importance of having critical friends, and worked on generated ideas for grant proposals. On Saturday, Fellows were asked to dissect two very different grant proposals, explore a variety of different requests for proposals (RFP) and actively work on preparing a grant submission for the future. Fellows employed the expertise of the committee coupled with their own grant writing experiences to shape their own proposal. We look forward to following the possible success of these creative applications submitted to a variety of different county, state and national agencies!

The Fellows Committee would like the thank Michelle Ellis for her service to the NCSLA Fellows Program. Michelle is an alumna from the 2007-2009 cohort and has served on the Fellows Committee since 2009, most recently as program chair. She was forced to step away in January from chairing the committee to focus on her participation in a Ph.D. program. From Michelle: “I have been a part of the Fellows program for approximately 12 years. It has given me the opportunity to learn and grow as a leader as well as participate in valuable networking opportunities.” We are indebted to Michelle for providing past cohorts with leadership skills. Her legacy will live on with past science leadership fellows. We are going to miss her positive energy and guidance!


Science Leadership Fellows Shout-outs!

Sebastian Byers recently presented for PBS Media NC at their regional teacher summit in December 2018, and will be presenting at our next summit on April 6th, 2019. He will be featured in a PBS VLPS (virtual learning platform series) on March 19th that will include (confirmation pending) the founders of HoloGlobe. “HoloGLOBE brings NOAA's Science on the Sphere (SOS) programs to MERGE Cube, using satellite imagery and data simulations for stunning views of Earth and its many systems.” Sebastian participated in a national one-hour webinar in mid-December for grades 8-12 social studies and that will showcased The Last Generation, an interactive documentary co-produced by FRONTLINE and The GroundTruth Project.

Jenifer Carson continues to improve her school's STEM Lab, both its equipment and materials. Thanks in part to a funded Donors Choose project, the lab has new stools, Makey Makeys, Snap Circuits, and solar energy kits.

Jessica Croson received the prestigious Dr. Jack Hall Award at the UNCW Regional Science Olympiad on March 2nd. The coaching award goes to a teacher and is in “recognition for nurturing students’ enthusiasm for science and technology”.   Dr. Angie Reid Griffin and Jessica Croson were awarded the UNCW PDS grant for $2500 to sponsor a STEAM fair at Heide Trask High School.

Covey Denton will be traveling to Costa Rica in March to present at the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education conference. Covey also was an NSTA award recipient at last spring’s NSTA National Conference in Atlanta and currently serves as a judging chair for the NSTA ExploraVision competition. She was selected as an ExploraVision Teacher Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year and represented the competition at NSTA in Charlotte.   Covey received the Vernier Award for Elementary Educators and will attend the NSTA National Conference in St. Louis to receive the award. Covey has also been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Mid-Level Science Teacher Association and her term will begin in April, 2019.

Pamela Johnson is teaching Chemistry and Chemistry Honors through Virtual I-SS (Iredell-Statesville Schools). Currently, she teaches 12 students, including one homeschooled student. Students are required to complete Cornell-style notes, practice, and online lab simulations to learn the material, as well as research current topics in Chemistry via student-friendly publications.

Elizabeth Jones chairs the Brunswick County STEM Council. The Brunswick County STEM Council is a partnership between businesses and educators in Brunswick County Schools to promote and prepare students to enter STEM careers.  Liz also directs a county wide middle school Invention Convention.

Jenna Hartley received her North Carolina Environmental Educator's Certification in summer 2018.  For her work in building educational materials at the US EPA, she was awarded the NC 2017 Governor's Conservation Achievement Award (the highest natural resource honors in the State) for "Environmental Educator of the Year" in September 2018.  Hartley also began a PhD program in environmental education at NC State University in Fall 2018, where she will be examining students as environmental change-agents in their local communities. For that work, Hartley won first place in the NC State College of Natural Resources Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.  She presented 11 times at national conferences (NCSE [National Council on Science and the Environment], NSTA Area Conference in Charlotte, NSTA Annual Conference in Atlanta, EENC [Environmental Educators of North Carolina], NAAEE [North American Association of Environmental Educators], and the Duke EHSP [Environmental Health Scholars Program]).

Britnee Reid was accepted into the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network through the Friday Institute. This school year she was also chosen to participate in Pinnacle Cohort 23, teachers wishing to expand their inclusion of technology into the classroom. Through this program she built a Jellybox 2 3D printer to allow students to design in Tinkercad and send over to be printed in her class!

Valerie Sellars will be presenting at NSTA in St. Louis 2019. The title of her presentation: STEM School to Work:  Tools and Strategies for Implementation for Teachers and Administrators. This looks to be amazing! Please be sure to catch her in St. Louis.

Tom Savage’s Science Olympiad team placed 3rd out of 18 teams at the Asheville regional tournament, and moves on to the state competition in Raleigh, NC.

Jamie Smith ran the 2nd annual BCS Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament.  Approximately 80 students completed and learned how to improve in their events before the regional competition at UNCW. She was also awarded a BEMC Bright Ideas grant of $2000 in support of the invitational competition. Jamie was accepted as an AP bio exam reader (essay scorer) and will be flying to Kansas City in June to join 600 readers from around the world to score over 200,000 exams.

We would like to congratulate the following fellows for successfully delivering presentations at the NSTA Area Conference in Charlotte, NC in November/December:

Covey Denton

National Geographic Phase One Certification

Covey Denton

NSTA ExploraVision

Jenna Hartley

Greenway Case Study Puts Students in the Decision-Making Role: Using Technology and Maps to Inform Community Development Decisions

Jenna Hartley

Bringing the Environment Home: Making Big Connections Between Technology, the Environment, and Human Health

Jenna Hartley

Exploration and Discovery Through Maps: Teaching Science with Technology

Stephen Roman

Building Literacy for ELLs Through Models in Science: From Experience to Visuals to Language

Meridith Mitchell

Best PD Ever- NASA & more

Valerie Sellars

From A to V - Alternative Realities

Valerie Sellars

Bring Your Worksheets to Life

Sebastian Byers

UNCTV Science


Science Leadership Alumni Fellows News

Fellows committee member, Mark Case, is working to create an alumni group for the fellows program. He is interested in engaging past fellows to continue involvement with NCSLA, including leadership positions. Mark will have more announcements in upcoming SuperViews newsletters!  

Mark Case was recently elected Region C Director for National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). Mark will serve as our liaison to the NSELA.

Beverly Owens was recently elected as Director of North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA).

Melaine Rickard is a Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers Awardee.

Squeaky Altman-Lewis and Brad Rhew are on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee


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  •  improving teacher preparation in science fields
  •  advancing the future of science education in NC
  •  opportunities to demonstrate leadership

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