• Dr. Rebecca Hale

    A faculty member at the University of North Carolina Asheville. She currently studies the coevolution of parental behavior and developmental traits in fishes and salamanders. She teaches courses in Ecology and Evolution, Zoology, Animal Behavior, and Vertebrate Zoology. She is a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Animal Behavior Society. Dr. Hale received her B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College and her M.S. and Ph. D. from the University of Florida. Before coming to North Carolina, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Florida State University.

  • Ms. Caroline Kennedy

    A faculty member in the biology department at UNC Asheville. She teaches non-majors' Introductory Biology lecture and lab as well as Ecology and Evolution, Zoology, and Cell and Molecular labs. She is currently collaborating with her departmental colleagues on research investigating the community structure within pitcher plants and the consequences of pitcher plant hybridization. She has a BS in Environmental Studies from UNC Asheville and a MS in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University where she studied herpetology and conservation biology.

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    Dr. Sunny Liu

    A faculty member in the Animal Science Department of North Carolina State University. She received her M.S. in Animal Genetics from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Genetics from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Genomics Science, Biotechnology, Comparative Medicine and Translational Research and Physiology Programs at NCSU. She is a member of AAAS, the Poultry Science Association (PSA), the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Sigma Xi and Gamma Sigma Delta. While her position is devoted primarily to research, she teaches a course each year in Genomic and Proteomic Applications in Animal Science. She also serves regularly as an elementary school science fair judge and as a reviewer everything from journal articles to middle school science curriculum materials.

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    The Reverend Barrington Bernard Ross

    A native of Winnsboro, S.C. where he attended Fairfield County Schools. Later he matriculated at the following universities: North Carolina A&T State University (B.S. in Biology Education-1982), University of South Carolina, Winthrop University, Arizona State University, University of Phoenix, NC Central University and Duke Divinity School. As an educator, he is certified in Secondary Middle School Science, High School Biology and Earth and Space Science in Arizona and North Carolina. He began teaching middle schoolers in 1999 at Shepard Magnet International Baccalaureate School. Science students were exposed to various dissections, activities, field trips, science fairs, and events during his career at Shepard. He helped to create and field test lessons with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) middle school lesson supplements on "Chemical, the Environment, and You" developed by the Biological Curriculum Study Center (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the Summer of 2000, he coordinated and directed Enviro-camp for elementary and middle school students at North Carolina Central University. He teaches Earth Science at Hillside High School, Durham, NC. He is an ordained pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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    Mr. Ravi Sharma

    Mr. Sharma has taught physics and mathematics at Craven Community College, New Bern, NC since 2006. Previously, he taught high school mathematics for two years in Lenoir County Schools before joining the staff at Craven. Prior to his emigrating to the United States in 2001, he taught physics and mathematics for six years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and physics and mathematics in various locations in India for the past thirty years. He was selected as the principal of M.M. Higher Secondary School, Rajkot, in India in 1988, where he served for 12 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Meerut University in 1968, followed by a bachelor of education in science and mathematics from Delhi University in 1973, with master’s degrees in Physics and Education from Meerut University and Saurashta University in 1971 and 189 respectively. After emigrating to the U.S., he did graduate in mathematics education at East Carolina University in 2005. While at Craven Community College, he has participated in workshops on digital video analysis, and has performed research studies in applications to physics and mathematics instruction.

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    Aticila Agosila Mormando

    Ms. Mormando received her Master’s Degree in Education focusing in Physical Sciences from Xavier University and another Master’s Degree in Science Education from East Carolina University. She received her Academically and Intellectually Gifted certification from University of North Carolina. She was a Kenan Fellow through NC State University’s Kenan Fellows Program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and works with Pearson/National Board as science assessor.


    She grew up in the Philippines. She taught science and research at the Philippine Regional Science School. She moved to North Carolina and continued her passion for science, technology and research. She helped establish the Hoke County Schools STEM Academy and the Science and Engineering County Fair. She pioneered the Science and Engineering Club at Mills Park Middle School. She co-founded a family business using her expertise in food chemistry and research

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  • Ms. Alisa B. Wickliff

    The Assistant Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology at UNC Charlotte. She has been involved in designing and implementing K-12 science teacher professional development for over 12 years. Alisa has taught elementary science methods at UNC Charlotte in the College of Education. Her work has included the design of 10-day science institutes including, groundwater, geographic information system, water quality, and field botany. She is a facilitator for GLOBE (Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment), Project WET, The Leopold Project, It’s Our Water, and other environmental education curricular programs. She has organized Advanced Placement Science Alliances for high school teachers and a Middle School Alliance for middle grade teachers to discuss science content and instructional strategies. She received her B.A. from Depauw University and her Masters of Science at Purdue University. Prior to her work in science education, she provided environmental regulatory and technical assistance educational outreach at Purdue University, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and as director of the Environmental Assistance Office for Small Business at UNC Charlotte.

  • Ms. Jennifer Williams

    Ms. Williams received her B.S. in Science Education from North Carolina State University and her M.S. in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she studied natural products from Marine Microorganisms. Williams has been teaching science and math for sixteen years in Transylvania County. She currently serves as a science instructional leader and teaches chemistry, physics and the TIME science research course at Brevard High School. Students in the TIME program are supported as they conduct authentic science research into questions of their own choosing and present their work to the community. In 2007, Williams co-founded the TIME program and continues to serve as a co-director, mentor and facilitator.

  • Mr. Brian Wood

    Mr. Wood has taught at William G. Enloe in Wake County for the past 28 years. Prior to that he taught in Elizabeth City, NC. His BS degree is in biology secondary education from Asbury College in Kentucky. He received a MS from NCSU in Zoology. His current assignment is teaching biology, AP/IB biology, research, genetics, and microbiology. He has received AP and IB training and is nationally board certified.

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    Ms. Jennifer Walmsley

    Ms Walmsley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in middle grades education, specializing in science and social studies. This will be her eighteenth year of teaching and a reunion for working with HJ MacDonald. For the past ten years she has been working with schools to earn their NC STEM School certification and she is excited to bring that knowledge back to Craven County. In 2015 she was awarded a Kenan Fellowship where she worked closely with a cohort of elite educators to develop STEM curriculum for teachers to use in their classrooms. She has been working with Kenan Fellows in the summer months, along with the A+ Schools Program and the Wilson Whirligig Park to train elementary teachers on how to design their own STEM curriculums to integrate art and the Whirligig Park into their classrooms. Her teaching philosophy focuses on STEM integration and bringing the community and real world problem solving into the classroom. 

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    Dr. Steve Warshaw

    Dr. Warshaw has been at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics since 1985. In 1986 he received the Science Teaching Achievement Recognition Award from the National Science Teachers Association. He retired in June, 2015 from his position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, having served in that capacity since 1992. Previously he was a biology instructor, teaching courses in genetics, ecology, and research in biology, as well as being Head of the Science Department. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches two courses called “Medical Ethics and Leadership” and “Environmental Ethics and Leadership.” He grew up in Texas. He received his B.A. in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and his Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University. He worked previously for the U.S. Navy while on active duty, Texas Water Quality Board, Texas Water Development Board, and Hardin [Texas] Independent School District.

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    Dr. Kim Monahan

    Dr. Monahan received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from UNC Chapel Hill. She is currently an instructor and Chair of Biology at the NC School of Science and Mathematics. 

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    Ms. Dorcas C. Green

    MS. Dorcas Green, an online faculty member of Hosanna Bible College where she currently teaches Natural Science 101 and 102.  Additionally, she serves as an instructional coach with Bridgewood Educational Services for the past 12 years. She taught biology including International Baccalaureate biology for 22 years in Lenoir County Public Schools (LCPS) while serving as a clinical teacher for East Carolina University (ECU).  She facilitated the NC Model Teacher Education Consortium (NCMTEC) Biology Praxis II seminars during 2001-2003, and lead Glencoe McGraw-Hill’s NC team and co-authored the textbook, Biology: Dynamics of Life 2000 NC Wrap-around Edition.  She facilitated science camps in LCPS, 2005 and The College of William and Mary, VA, 2014.  She received National Boards Certification, and a two-year Howard Hughes Research Grant Fellowship at Duke University in biotechnology. In 1997, she received the Lenoir County Teacher of the Year award.  Ms. Green received her BS degree from NC Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Consumer Science and she received both masters and Advanced Studies (ED.S) degrees in Science Education from ECU with a concentration in Curriculum Development. 

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    Dr. Amy Sheck 

    Amy Sheck teaches and is head of the Science Department at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). Her classes include Research in Biology and a seminar in Science Communication. She created outreach events to encourage girls in STEM (Lean In, Women in Science) and to promote interdisciplinary interaction with the community (TEDxNCSSM). Outside of NCSSM, she leads the NC Student Academy of Science, supporting and providing recognition for student research projects across the state. She holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University, a M.S. in Zoology from Univ of Maryland, and a  B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.