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The NCSLA Awards Committee is pleased to announce Angela Adams as the 2021 winner of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award, which is supported by ExploreLearning.
First, the history of the award, which is named in honor of Michael Conoly Jackson. Michael taught science for 35 years in North Carolina, including service at Lenoir Community College, East Carolina University, Camp Lejeune Schools, Southeastern Community College, and the Tarheel Challenge Academy. Mike’s distinguished service to science education included being
President of three science associations: NCSTA, NCSLA and NSELA. The Michael C. Jackson award goes to a person who has gone above and beyond the requirements of the workplace providing outstanding leadership and service in science education at the district, regional, and state level.
You can find Angela working with elementary teachers in her district and throughout NC. As a Science curriculum specialist, she works with principals and teachers to integrate all areas of the curriculum emphasizing science as it relates to knowledge and skills students will need throughout their lives. Angela strives to communicate her passion for science so that teachers are encouraged to involve their students in a greater understanding of science concepts. In her own words “In today’s changing world, we must make sure our students are aware of the importance of how science affects their daily lives. Science does not need to be taught in isolation but is one of the greatest vehicles for utilizing informational texts, reading technical materials, and impacting global awareness.”
Angela has been NCSTA President, a NCSO Regional Director, is currently a NC Science & Engineering Fair Regional Director, graduate of the NC Teacher’s Academy, and routinely leads professional development institutes at Campbell University.
As a colleague, Angela is more than willing to pitch in and assist wherever and whenever needed. She has made many trips to Charlotte, NC and all over the state! She knows the importance of volunteering and serving in team work. She believes that in today’s global society, interaction within the local community, state organizations and surrounding businesses is of great importance to keep science instruction current. Science is not just about what is in a textbook or on a website. Angela supports being proactive and continuing to update our science curriculum to focus on environmental and social issues as well. Our winner is truly outstanding in her many accomplishments and contributions to science education in North Carolina.
Congratulations, Angela! You are incredibly deserving of the Michael C. Jackson Award for Distinguished Service in Science Education.