President-Elect - Tom Savage
Tom has been teaching high school science for 19 years and teaches at the Henderson County Early College in Flat Rock NC, currently teaching chemistry, physical science, earth science and serves as the Science Olympiad coach. He was selected to participate in the "Teacher at Sea" program with NOAA in 2015 & 2018 and began a new elementary school outreach program called "Young Scientists" as a result of this program. He is a former NCSLA Fellow, currently chairing the Advocacy committee and serving as NCSTA District 8 Director for a second term. He is an advocate of early childhood science and he has been running an elementary school outreach program called "Young Scientists" program for the past six years. Tom also offers Discover SCUBA and Flying on the weekends for his students. Prior to teaching he spent six years as a National Service Park Ranger at five national parks including Grand Canyon, Glacier, Acadia, Lowell National Historical Park and the Carl Sandburg Home. Teacher of the Year 2010 & 2018; NSTA Southeast Regional Lab Competition winner 2017; NCSTA Dist 8 outstanding teacher 2019; Air Force Reserve NC Science Teacher award 2018
The one organization that has had a profound impact on my teaching is NCSTA. I will never forget my first NCSTA conference as a first year teacher in 2004. It was so exciting being among so many talented science teachers collaborating and sharing ideas. During one workshop I attended, we calculated the height of a dinosaur based on its trackway geometry. I left that workshop with a 5 pound, full cast T -Rex footprint! The best part of that experience was walking around the conference hall with that T- Rex cast - so exciting! Running for President Elect for NCSTA is a calling. My vision is to see our organization grow in the future and by that I mean membership growth and more teachers attending our conference. Our teachers and schools are pushing the boundaries unlike any time, and I plan to maintain and improve the organizations growth.