NCSLA Fellows Cohort Active in the Summer

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Fall 2019
Leadership Summit
Nominate a Leader
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
PBL Training at WFU
Spotlight on
Informal Science
Mountains to the Sea
Meet the Board

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 12 active Science Leadership Fellows enrolled in the program. Our successful program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (NCSMT) and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. 

The 2018-2020 NCSLA Fellows took part in yet another quality professional development weekend on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st in Durham NC. The morning session was titled Strategic Leadership and Conflict Resolution and was facilitated by Dr. Darlene Ryan, a former Fellow, NCSLA President, and NSELA President. Dr. Ryan brought a wealth of experience and information to her presentation. A very special thanks to our current Fellows committee members: Alisa Wickliff Pat Shane, Carla Billups), Mark Case, Michelle Ellis and Dennis Kubasko who presented the rest of the sessions. . The committee worked extremely hard to prepare and facilitate a great weekend! Their time, energy and effort are appreciated. 

Know a Great Science Leader? 

The 2020-2022 Fellows Application will be available on the NCSLA website soon. The cohort will begin its work in February 2020. Please refer  great science leaders to the website and encourage them to submit an application for consideration! For further information, contact Alisa Wickliff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tomika “Squeaky” Altman Steps Down from the Committee

Unfortunately, Tomika Altman has had to step down from the Fellows Committee due to the demands of her graduate school work. We are grateful for her amazing organizational skills as well as the wealth of experiences she brought to every Fellows cohort over the years. We are indebted to her service to NCSLA, and we will all miss her hard work and positive energy. 

We are fortunate to have Michelle Ellis, past committee chair, stepping back on the committee! It is great to again have access to her wealth of knowledge and past Fellows experiences. Her leadership will prove invaluable to the committee.

Science Leadership Fellows ‘Shout-outs’ and Updates!

Jennifer Carson continues to advocate for STEM-focused and maker-centered learning in the following areas: 1) writing Donors Choose projects and grant proposals that build bridges between literacy and STEM; 2) leading her district team, including scholarship acquisition, for Harvard's Project Zero course, Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom; 3) providing district-level professional development related to making and doing, in partnership with UNCG; and 4) co-presenting three sessions at NSTA in Seattle, with foci on a) providing enrichment experiences for underrepresented students in STEM, b) engineering across content areas, and c) 3D modeling.   

Covey Denton had the pleasure of attending the Science at Sea Professional Development to Alaska over the summer. She learned about the impacts of glacial melt and climate change and explored the temperate rain forests in the area. 

Pamela Johnson has followed her passion and stepped back into the high school science classroom. She is currently teaching at North Iredell High School, where she has 13 years experience. She teaches physical science, biology, and chemistry.

Elizabeth Jones was hired at Isaac Bear Early College as assistant principal. She is excited about this new leadership role.

Meridith Mitchell moved from middle school science into teaching Earth Science at the high school level this school year. 

Thomas Savage was awarded a NCSTA study grant this past spring and attended a 2 day workshop at NC Glass Center in Asheville titled "Introduction Glass Making". From this workshop, he will be incorporating small ceramics introduction in his  Chemistry and Physical science course. He will be presenting my strategies at the NCSTA conference in November. Tom also received a grant from the local Rotary Club that will support his Science Olympiad team this year, and Tom will be presenting to the Rotary Club in September. Tom attended 2 NASA sponsored workshops this past summer that included a week-long NASA Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers in Maryland.  Tom is exploring possible a rocket camp for students (county wide) during the summer months, which will include building, programming and launching model rockets. The second workshop was held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Liftoff, The Legacy of Apollo. He will be presenting about this at the NCSTA conference in November.

Valerie Sellars has begun a new position as Secondary Science District Lead Coach for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  She will be supporting middle and high school science teachers as they plan and implement engaging science experiences for all students.  Valerie also has been nominated for the 2019 WE are LEADing Award (Women in Educational Leadership).  This annual award is presented to a woman who is a current and accomplished leader in a school or district.  The criteria for the award are that this person  has provided mentorship, guidance, and support to other leaders. She has encouraged the development of future and current leaders and she has courageously forged the way for others in educational leadership.

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