Congratulations to our three new members of the NCSLA Executive Board!
President Elect: Carla Billups
Carla Billups has been the Elementary STEM Coach for Buncombe County Schools for the past six years where she has implemented and designed curriculum for 24 elementary STEM labs. Prior to this work, she was and elementary Math and Science teacher for 6 years of her 26 years as an elementary school teacher. Carla has also been an adjunct instructor for Western Carolina University where she taught Elementary Science Methods. She was an instructor for the ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for 14 years and for AIMS Education Foundation for 23 years. Currently she is serving on NSTA's Best STEM Book Committee and in her third term as Secretary for NCSLA where she, as a previous fellow, serves on the fellows committee. The book she co-authored, the Fungus Among Us, the Good, the Bad, and the Downright Scary made NSTA's Outstanding Science Tradebook list in 2017. She received the North Carolina SMT's Outstanding Instructional Leader Award, NCSLA'S Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award, and NCSTA's Jo Duckett Wallace Elementary Distinguished Service Award.
Director: Jessica Croson
Jessica is a member of both NCSLA and NCSTA and is a member of the 2018-2020 NCSLA Fellows cohort. She is a high school science teacher at Heide Trask High School in Rocky Point, NC. Jessica serves in science leadership within her district by participating in writing county assessments, curriculum framework, and mentoring feeder school Science Olympiad teams. On the school level, Jessica serves as the site coordinator for internships, mentors new teachers, coaches Science Olympiad, and acts as an advisor for National Honor Society. She has been the recipient of numerous Bright Ideas grants, has been selected as her school’s teacher of the year twice, and has won the Jack Hall Coach’s Award for Science Olympiad. This summer, Jessica will serve as a Master Teacher for the Summer Ventures in Science and Math program and UNCW. She is also actively participating in action research regarding promoting STEM education in traditionally underrepresented populations.
Director: Jamie Smith
Jamie is a dedicated science educator who taught in the classroom for eight years, teaching all forms of biology from applied to Advanced Placement. She has also taught online through North Caroline Virtual Public School (NCVPS) for five years, teaching AP biology, earth and environmental science, and anatomy and physiology, also serving as a curriculum developer. Jamie has been an instructional coach in Brunswick County Schools for the past six years. She is also on the advisory board of the Brunswick County Stem Council, a partnership between community members and BCS that strives to provide STEM opportunities to all students. Jamie recently completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership with a concentration in curriculum and instruction at UNCW. She is a current member of NCSLA and NCSTA and was a member of the 2018-2020 NCSLA Fellows cohort.