Current NCSLA members can submit a ballot online between February 20 and March ?. Descriptions of all the candidates are below.
Del Ruff - President-Elect
Del L. Ruff is the inaugural Executive Diversity and Inclusion Officer at North Carolina A&T State University. He is an accomplished future-forward thought leader with more than 20 years of experience advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the education and workforce sector. Del has held roles in K-12 education as a science and math teacher, principal, and superintendent. Additionally, he has held leadership roles at the Southwestern Community College, Fayetteville State University, NC Department of Public Instruction, and the Public School Forum of North Carolina.
Before coming to N.C. A&T, Del was the senior director of workforce and EDI strategies with the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. In that role, he led a team focused on the national and international practices of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in architecture with emphasis on increasing exposure to historically underrepresented students in K-12, supporting the 21st-century pathway to the profession for students studying architecture in higher education institutions, especially HBCUs, and fostering a more inclusive architecture profession for architects and designers.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Fayetteville State University and a Master’s degree in Leadership from Central Michigan University
Covey Denton – Director
Covey is a science educator who has been in the classroom since 2012. She obtained her BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2018, she received a M.Ed. and NASA STEM Certification through the Endeavor program. Covey is STEM Certified through EverFi, and a National Geographic Certified Educator and teacher trainer. She was a 2018-2020 NCSLA Fellow.
Other leadership roles include being on the inaugural board of Infiniscope in 2018, serving on the National Mid-Level Science Teachers Association board since 2018, and participating as a teacher ambassador for Exploravision since 2020. Ms. Denton enjoys public speaking and has the opportunity to present at the NSTA national conference annually since 2017. She was the Science Olympiad Director for her region of the state and hosted the tournament. She has also partnered with the Department of Defense and the Oak Ridge Institute to lead several grant-writing workshops since 2020.
Mark Case - Director
Mark received his Bachelor of Science Degree at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1986 in Forest Resource Management and his Master of Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 1988 in Forest Product Economics
Mark worked as a Camp Director and Environmental Educator, 1988 to 2006. Directing camp programs and teaching environmental education programs to private, public and home education groups. He also worked with Woodmen of the World camps and the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.
He has been a public-school science teacher from January 2007 to present in Guilford County Schools. Mark specializes in the Earth/Environmental Sciences. He has also been a trainer for the American Meteorological Society DataStream online program from 2007 to present.
Mark served as President of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association in 2014. He has also been on the NCSLA Fellows Committee from 2015 until 2022. He just finished serving as the Region C Director for the National Science Education Leadership Association (2019-2022). Mark has received many awards for his work in science education from NCSTA as well as environmental and civic organizations.