District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Grades: 9-121430 Alleghany StreetCharlotte, NC 28208
Tamica Stubbs, an inaugural SSP fellow was born, raised and educated in the Philadelphia public school system. She was consistently identified as a talented student in science and mathematics, which lead to her natural decision upon graduation from Franklin Learning Center Magnet High to pursue both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science Education at Clarion University in Clarion, PA. Upon advancement into the workforce, Stubbs became a North Carolina transplant, where she has pursued her professional tenure at various schools within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMSD). She has accrued a great deal of awards, grants, and fellowships that total $750,000 to improve classroom instruction for her and fellow science instructors. Today, she continues to live in Charlotte, NC with her 13 year old son and teaches full time for CMSD, virtually for the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program, and leads science teacher professional development programs to improve the quality of science education across many classrooms within her district, state, and the country.
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology high school is a moderately populated high school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is home to a STEM Magnet, Project Lead the Way, the STEAM Scholars Pathway Project, and as of spring 2012, the only Student Science Research Program in the district. Since its introduction into the district ten years ago, the school has grown to be an academic powerhouse and growing site for STEM. This includes the recent acquisition of a research program, coordinated by Stubbs, to promote student growth in the sciences. The program is funded by Society for Science & the Public and aims to have students participate in high quality research to prepare them for local, state and national science competitions. The first tier of the program includes 8 students who meta-analyze a current research problem, produce molecular models, and present their findings at a conference to prepare them to perform research. The second tier of this program requires select students to pursue a research problem, develop a research plan, engage in research, and compete in science competitions. Older students mentor younger students, and are encouraged to enter the Intel Science Talent Search in their senior year.
Read more about Stubbs' program on the SSP blog.
Tamica Stubbs was granted Shell Science Teaching Award from National Science Teachers Association.
Tamica Stubbs was awarded the Burroughs Award.
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