Tomika R. Altman (2015)
Fayetteville Street Elementary School
Durham Public Schools
Ms. Tomika R. Altman is a K-5 Academically and Intellectually Gifted Facilitator/Teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary School in Durham Public Schools. She has over ten years experience in education and has taught every grade level in K-12.
Mrs. Altman first became interested in S.T.E.M. in 2012, when she completed her Kenan Fellowship, Common Core Curriculum Design, with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Since then she has completed the NC Science Leadership Association Fellows Program and the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Data Literacy Specialist Training.
Besides teaching she is currently the K-2 Engineering Curator with the National Science Teachers Association/Next Generation Science Standards, Discovery Place STEM Fellow, Jossey-Bass Teacher Ambassador, and a science apprentice with Mickelson Exxonmobil Teachers Academy. She also provides professional development to teachers and preservice teachers in her state on differentiation and mathematics and has presented on STEM on the national level.
Tomika graduated, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations from North Carolina Central University. She also obtained her M.Ed in Specialized Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities and Reading from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is also the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM Grant (2012); NC Central University 40 Under 40 Award for Significant Contributions in Education (2014); NC Science Teachers Association, District Three, Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year (2013); NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Durham Public Schools, Elementary Teacher of the Year (2013); and Durham County Soil and Water Conservation Teacher of the Year (2013).