Pam Gilchrist, President-Elect
Pamela Olivia Gilchrist is President-Elect for NCSLA. She has served as Director At Large for three years. She’s a native of Saint Pauls, North Carolina and the youngest of 10 siblings. Her parents, Waymon and Harriett Gilchrist, encouraged her to excel in school. After graduating from high school in 1993, she attended East Carolina University. As a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, she completed her bachelor of science in middle grades education with a science and social studies minor in 1997. For five years, she taught seventh grade science, coached basketball and softball, served in school leadership appointments, and pursued a masters of arts in technology degree at East Carolina University. While teaching at Wellcome Middle School, she worked as a leadership facilitator for three years and coordinated the first science outreach program for underrepresented minority students at East Carolina University offered through the Center of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
In 2002, as a visiting international faculty ambassador, she traveled to the United Kingdom, to teach science and information communication technology to secondary and sixth-form college students for two years. In 2003, she moved to Farnham, United Kingdom, and served as the assistant department head of the Information Communication Technology Department at All Hallows Catholic and Six Form College. In that position, she managed staff, the implementation of curriculum schemes, and the vertical alignment of the technology curriculum between the primary and secondary schools. To fulfill her graduate school requirements, she analyzed curricular and global workforce trends of technology in the United States and United Kingdom.
In 2004, she returned to the United States to teach eighth grade earth and environmental science for one year in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, before acquiring Science-Technology Specialist position at The Science House of North Carolina State University. Currently, Pam is the Director of Imhotep Academy, where creates, directs, and manages state, federally, and privately funded science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs for students and teachers from across the state of North Carolina. She’s also working on her a doctorate degree in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University. In her spare time, Pam enjoys cooking, running, traveling, singing, studying the bible, and spending time with family and friends!
Mike Bowman, Director
My name is Mike Bowman. I live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I am fortunate to have grown up on a horse farm in North Eastern Illinois where hard work and family are held in highest regard. I married at 18 to a young girl who still, after 35 year of marriage, has not figured out she is too good for me (or perhaps she has, and loves me in spite of it). My wife and I raised two fine sons who have both married young ladies who we adore. I have always said however, that I was placed on this earth to be a grandpa, and I can proudly say that with four grandsons, I am pretty darn good at it. I worked throughout my college years, and was in fact a college junky. I hold a BA in geology, an MS in geophysics, an MEd in science curriculum/instruction, and an EdD in educational leadership.
Professionally, I worked for several years as a geophysicist in the oil industry before becoming a teacher, and in fact intended to be a teacher for only a few years before returning to industry. Now after twenty years as a teacher, it seems abundantly clear to me that I am meant to be a teacher. In my time as a director for NCSLA I intend to support, and indeed, facilitate the adoption of, the Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, I want to support, in any way I can, my fellow science teachers across the state as we move together through this time of exciting change.