Teacher Advisory Committee
Jason Carter, Assistant Director, Satellite Office of the Science House of NC State University
Paul H. Gantt, Project Lead The Way Coordinator, Burke County Public Schools
Daniel Glaze, 9th-12th Grade Environmental Science and Biology Teacher, Grimsley High School
Renee Jones, Earth and Environmental Science Teacher, West Harnett High School
JD Jorgensen, Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitator, Onslow County Schools
Annie Lee, Information and Communications Specialist, NC Air Awareness, Division of Air Quality
Ruthann McComb, Environmental Science Teacher, Elkin High School
Pamela Perry, 6th-8th Blended Learning Math Teacher, Granville Academy
Emma Refvem, K-12 STEM Literacy Integration Facilitator, Durham Public Schools
Denise Weinhoeft-Renfro, Director, Academy of Green Technology, Douglas Byrd High School
Assistant Director, Satellite Office of the Science House of NC State University
Jason Carter has been an educator for over 20 years. He currently helps run the Satellite Office of The Science House, an outreach extension of the College of Sciences at NC State. Through this role, he is supporting STEM educators in 18 counties in western North Carolina. Along with this experience, Jason is a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms honoree, a STEM Educators for Equity and Diversity (SEED) Fellow, and a Science Ambassador for the National Center for Science Education. His work in the NCSE includes developing a curriculum for teaching climate change along with delivering professional development on this curriculum. He is also a Fellow for the North Carolina Science Leadership Association. Jason enjoys weaving literature, games, engineering design, citizen science, and a global lens into science curriculum.
Project Lead the Way Coordinator, Burke County Public Schools
Paul H. Gantt has been in technology and engineering education for 15 years. Before coming to education, Paul spent time in the restaurant industry, construction, and manufacturing, allowing him to bring real-world perspective to the educational arena. As a member of Burke Partners in Education and the NCSSM Education Advisory Council, Paul is active in promoting hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, and engineering. He hopes to use his strengths to give students engaging hands-on, real-life opportunities to explore energy systems of the future.
9th-12th Grade Environmental Science and Biology Teacher, Grimsley High School
Since 2005, Daniel Glaze has taught AP, IB, and Honors Environmental Science at Grimsley Senior High School. He has also taught Biology and Astronomy courses to all high school grade levels. He participated in a NASA-funded grant program in 2011 and 2012 to develop research conducted at NC A&T University into high school and middle school curriculum. In addition to the Energy Literacy Fellows advisory committee, Daniel serves on the advisory committee for the NC Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy run through the Forestry Extension Office of NC State University. He also serves on the Grimsley High School Leadership Team. Outside of formal education, Daniel works with his local Boy Scout program developing programing for their ecology and conservation programs, as well as their youth leadership development programs.
Sustainable Sandhills: Green Schools Director, Cumberland County Schools
Renee Jones is passionate about the sustainability of our planet and how to be a better steward to combat global climate change. She has dedicated all of her academic career, and most of her personal life, to the education and implementation of the pillars of sustainability. Currently, Renee is working as the Green Schools Initiative Director – Cumberland County Schools in conjunction with Sustainable Sandhills. In addition, she is finishing her master’s degree in sustainable tourism and management with the hopes of fusing her love of travel with her professional and academic background.
JD Jorgensen, 2018 Fellow
Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitator, Onslow County Schools
JD Jorgensen is an instructional technology facilitator at a middle school in Onslow County, where he helps teachers and students use technology in ways that amplify student voice, address equity, and increase student achievement. Before this, he taught Earth and Environmental science for 6.5 years at a high school in Onslow, where he sponsored S.E.A. Club, a STEM extracurricular focused on environmental issues, and sponsored a team of talented young women in S.E.A. as they competed in KidWind competitions at the regional and national levels. JD holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from UNC-Asheville and a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University. In addition to being a part of the 2018 ELF cohort, he served as a student volunteer for the Newport office of the National Weather Service during Summer 2017, served as a member of the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, participated in the 2013 NC Climate Fellows Program, and served as an intern for NEMAC.
Information and Communications Specialist, Division of Air Quality, Department of Environmental Quality
Annie Lee spent seven years teaching high school Earth and Environmental Science and Biology in rural eastern North Carolina. Upon moving to the Triangle, Annie taught 8th grade science for two years before taking a job with the Department of Environmental Quality. Annie holds a master’s degree in scientific literacy, a field that works to design strategies to build a scientifically literate society. In addition to being a 2018 Energy Literacy Fellow, Annie participated in the UNC Climate Fellows Program in 2012. Recently, she was trained in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps and currently works in the Division of Air Quality in informal education and teacher support.
Environmental Science Teacher, Elkin High School
Ruthann McComb is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher and has taught Earth and Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, and Physical Science in North Carolina at New Bern High School and Elkin High School for 25 years. She currently serves on the Switch Education Alliance Teacher Advisory Committee, North Carolina NBCT Network Leadership Team, and is an AP Environmental Science Reader for The College Board. Ruthann worked with Citizen Science through the NC Arboretum and was a 2011 UNC Climate Fellow as well as a 2017 Energy Literacy Fellow. She co-founded an Environmental Club at her school and is the Envirothon Coach. Ruthann loves sharing her passion for the environment and how people can be better stewards of its resources through presentations at science teacher conferences, in her community, and in her classroom. She actively supports conservation efforts across the state and nation and advocates in her school and community for better resource management and outdoor initiatives.
6th-8th Blended Learning Math Teacher, Granville Academy
Pamela Ayscue Perry is a middle grades certified educator in the areas of mathematics and science. For 23 years, she has served families in Vance, Franklin, and Granville counties. She encourages students to see and learn that mathematics is helpful to visualize science concepts and that they are not isolated concepts. She hopes that her service on the NC Energy Literacy Fellows Teacher Advisory Committee will encourage investment and interest in the students of the Triad region.
K-12 STEM Literacy Integration Facilitator, Durham Public Schools
Emma Refvem, NCBCT, MAT is the K-12 STEM Literacy Facilitator for Durham Public Schools. She is working on a PhD in Science Education at NC State University, researching career motivations for science teaching. She taught Earth & Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science at Riverside High School from 2010 to 2018, during which she worked with the Climate and Energy LEAP programs as a participating teacher and was a UNC Climate Fellow (2012) and Energy Literacy Fellow (2017). In 2020 she became a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator. Her passions include incorporating technology into science lessons, using spreadsheets to manage people & projects, and capitalizing on the joy and genius of high school students. Her current focus is on how to best assist teachers in incorporating literacy best practices into their science instruction.
Director, Academy of Green Technology, Douglas Byrd High School
Denise Weinhoeft-Renfro is the Director for the Academy of Green Technology, a CTE academy that helps prepare students to enter the green and global economy with a focus on solar energy and installation. She also has taught for 26 years in grades 9-12 and five years in the UNC system (as a coach and physical education instructor). She holds degrees in physical education and physical sciences, and most recently has taught chemistry, physical science, and technology courses in renewable energy and sustainability. She also has her drone license and teaches students about drones in the energy sector. Denise serves on the Board of Sustainable Sandhills and the Board of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Electrical Systems Technology Department. She leads students in a STEM Weather Balloon Outreach initiative, a community garden outreach initiative, and a renewable energy initiative called Sun Stewards. She has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences on sustainable education. In 2021, Denise was a recipient of a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.