BUNCOMBE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS LEAD THE WAY AT
NCSTA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
This year’s North Carolina Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute was exceptional for many reasons. Not only did Buncombe County Schools have four teachers presenting at this year’s conference, the district also led the way with leadership and awards.
Teresa Cowen of Charles D. Owen Middle School was inducted on Friday morning as this year’s NCSTA President and will lead the organization to new heights during her tenure. This year’s District 8 Middle School Outstanding Teacher Award went to Tanya Payne, a dynamic 8th grade science teacher from Erwin Middle School. She received her award from Owen MS teacher Robyn Shuster, currently serving as Awards Chairperson.
Outstanding inquiry science lessons were demonstrated in an informative presentation by Brian Maccarelli, Linda Walker and Brad Schmidt from Cane Creek Middle School. Also at the institute, Dr. Michael Bowman, 2007 PAEMST winner and Chemistry/Physics teacher from North Buncombe High School, presented an exciting program that demonstrated both modeling instruction and effective use of guided inquiry.
After returning from the professional development opportunity, Kay McLeod, Buncombe County Schools Science Curriculum Specialist, said, “I feel very fortunate to have been able to attend this Institute and to share many presentations, meetings and the awards program with this great group of science teacher-leaders from our system. I gained valuable information from my meetings and I was also able to bring back science kits, books and materials for classroom teachers to use.”