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Toni Stadelman, Director
Toni Stadelman is the District K-12 Science Specialist for Franklin County where she provides professional development, writes curriculum, and models lessons for teachers (the best part of her job). She attended Texas Tech University where she received a BA in Geography. After moving to North Carolina, she decided to enter the teaching profession and obtained her teaching certification. She taught 5th-grade math and science for ten years, gifted students for 3 years, and then became a curriculum resource teacher for 2 years before becoming the district science specialist. Toni has been the district science specialist for the past 5 years. She was accepted into the Kenan Fellowship Program in 2014 where she worked with Biogen to develop lesson plans for 5th-grade students. In 2017, she became a Certified Environmental Educator. Toni loves using ArcGis to create digital story maps that include interactive maps, photos, videos, and informational text. She has worked with the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment (UNCIE) on different projects such as creating digital story maps for the Tar-Pamlico River Basin and the Cape Fear River Basin as well as developing curriculum units for Northside Elementary School in Carrboro. Recently, her school district received a donation of fossils. As part of the lesson plans she developed for 8th-grade science teachers, she completed a story map called “Evidence of Life” which highlights areas where locations of the fossils.
Toni is married to Dr. Steve Stadelman, a geologist and soil scientist. They have 3 wonderful (grown and financially independent) children and one crazy puggle. Her hobbies include hiking and woodturning. This past summer she and her husband spent their 30th wedding anniversary visiting national parks out west. They hiked in Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Arapahoe Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley (Only a small amount of hiking was done there!)
Neil Pifer, Imformal Science Committee
My name is Neil Pifer and I am the Planetarium Director at the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited in Salisbury, NC. This is my 5th year as director and my 22nd year as a science teacher. My position currently is a formal science teacher for Rowan-Salisbury schools that is in an informal setting. Having my experience in both informal and formal science settings will allow me to build a network of strong educators across the state for our organization.
I received my MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2007 and my BS in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary. Over my 22-teaching career, I have taught 7th grade science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and numerous electives and received my National Board Certification in 2008 and renewed in 2018.
Since my time as Planetarium Director, I have been fortunate to manage numerous grants totaling over $250,000. My current largest grant is an SSEP grant called the BRIDGE program. Here is the link and I would love to talk to you about how to write and manage an SSEP successfully in a school district or informal setting. I have also been selected as the Corning STEM educator of the year for 2019-2020 for the Midland Plant.
I am really excited about joining the NCSLA board this year and hope that my committee and I can connect formal science educators to our wonderful experiences across our great state!
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