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The Herman and Emma Gatling Award goes to an outstanding science education leader in North Carolina. Carolina Biological Supply Company supports this award.
This year, during the fall meeting, NCSLA recognized the achievements of Dr. Tammy Lee.
Nominators described Dr. Lee as “engaging” and “motivating,” as well as a “quintessential leader,” “flexible,” and “highly productive.” According to her peers, she has demonstrated “outstanding leadership and service to science education at the district, regional, state, and national levels.”
Dr. Lee has dedicated her career to STEM education. She has served as the director of a summer camp that provides hands-on experiences in science to children and professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers. She has led a team of educators in the creation and design of three science content courses for elementary teachers, helped develop sufficient content knowledge for teachers and expanded enrollment of elementary teachers concentrating in science from 7 to 90!
Dr. Lee has also been a co-principal investigator on a sizeable US Department of Education Grant in support of physical science professional development for elementary and middle school teachers. She has contributed significantly to the National Science Teachers’ Association, both at the state and national level. Dr. Lee has also been a tireless contributor to the FoodMaster Initiative – an innovative program to increase children’s enthusiasm for science and math using foods and nutrition as the basis for investigation.
Even more impressive, the recipient was able to do all this while working toward and earning her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. She is also an Eastern Carolina University (ECU) double-alumna. Currently, Dr. Lee serves as an Assistant Professor at ECU.