District 1 Director
Nominee: Timothy Goodale
Biographical Information on Nominee
Timothy is a strong advocate of STEM education. His instructional practices focus on preparing and inspiring generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. He believes that effective science learning begins with the preparation of strong science teachers, who are well versed in science content, equipped with a variety of learner-centered instructional skills, and willing to engage students in integrated “hands-on” experiences.
Timothy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Education (Science Education) and a Ph D in Education with an emphasis in STEM Education. He holds North Carolina K-5, and 6-12 Teaching Certifications in Science, as well as North Carolina Certification in Administration and Supervision. He is an Assistant Professor at Elizabeth City State University and currently serves as Director of Improving Undergraduate STEM Education as part of the campus wide adoption of Problem-Based Learning. In addition to teaching STEM focused courses for the Department of Teacher Education, he directed the revision of the University’s MED program. Through his oversight this degree now is offered fully on-line with both initial certification and National Board Certification pathways. Acting as either the primary investigator or the co-primary investigator, Timothy has attained over 5.2 million dollars in externally funded research support in STEM education from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and other private agencies. Timothy has published and made numerous presentations on the professional development of science teachers, K-12 marine science integration, and evolution education. He participates in several state and local science related organizations, is a member of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association, and serves on the International Advisory Board for the National Science Teachers Association. He lives in Poquoson, Virginia.
Region 1 is a very rural and diverse area of North Carolina. Elizabeth City State University has long served this region as a hub for advancement and innovation. Provided my background and the location of my institution I feel that service to this region can be enhanced. First, I would like to offer regional/local and online/digital professional development to area teachers. Many come from poor districts and do not have the funds to travel to other parts of the state. Teachers from this district are passionate about their students but often lack the support and resources to offer sound science education. I would also explore external funding options to bring training and materials to each county through workshops on teacher training days. I would also propose rotating the annual PDI to be held in each district or region and to live stream highlighted sessions, so access can be expanded. Lastly, I believe a library of resources needs to be developed and teachers across the state could request materials and curriculum to test and evaluate classroom innovations. NCSTA can serve as a liaison between universities and business to pilot innovation across the state while simultaneously gathering input and data as to impact of interventions.