Five North Carolina Teachers Receive a Career Boost

25 February 2010

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, announce the inaugural recipients of the Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers.  The $175,000 award provides career support for outstanding North Carolina science and mathematics teachers.

The recipients include four high school teachers and one elementary school teacher from school districts across the state.  They are:

William Hendrickson
Warren New Tech High School
Warren County Schools

Matthew Sears
Hillside New Tech High School
Durham Public Schools

Tamica Stubbs
E.E. Waddell High School
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools

Claudia Walker
Murphey Traditional Academy
Guilford County Schools

Jennifer Williams
Brevard High School
Transylvania County Schools

“We are pleased to have the support of the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction in this endeavor,” said John Burris, president of BWF.  “The success of our students is determined by having excellent teachers to guide and mentor them.”

The award provides $175,000 over five years to these N.C. public primary and secondary  teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science or mathematics content, and have outstanding performance records in educating children.  The North Carolina State Board of Education has provided salary support to ensure the teachers receive a 12-month contract.

“The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is providing an outstanding opportunity to support five excellent teachers and their collaboration with other educators in our state and nation,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I congratulate these five recipients, and we look forward to seeing the excellent work they will continue to do in our state to benefit mathematics and science education.”

In addition to salary support, the award provides $10,000 per year to be used at the discretion of the teacher for professional development activities, travel and registration to meetings or conferences, hiring substitutes, networking with colleagues, and capacity building opportunities at the school or school district. The teachers will have opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science or mathematics teachers. 

The teachers will also have $10,000 per year to purchase needed equipment and supplies for that teacher’s classroom or laboratory, or be shared with the teacher’s school or school district.

The awardees were selected from a nominated pool of applicants and interviewed by the program’s advisory committee.

The National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, highly recommends strengthening the skills of K-12 science and mathematics teachers.  The Washington-based Business-Higher Education Forum estimates that over the next decade, schools in America will need 200,000 or more new teachers in science and mathematics.