Teacher Advisory Committee
Jason Carter, 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher, Evergreen Community Charter School
Paul H. Gantt, Project Lead The Way Coordinator, Burke County Public Schools
Daniel Glaze, 9th-12th Grade Earth/Environmental and Biology Teacher, Grimsley 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, 8th Grade Science and Math Teacher, Vance County Middle School
Emma Refvem, Doctoral Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
Denise Weinhoeft-Renfro, Director, Academy of Green Technology, Douglas Byrd High School
7th/8th Grade Science Teacher, Evergreen Community Charter School
Jason Carter is in his 19th year as an educator. He currently teaches 7th and 8th grade science, but over the years he has also taught middle grades math and social studies and served as a middle school administrator. Along with this experience, Jason is a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms honoree and a Science Ambassador for the National Center for Science Education. His work in the NCSE includes developing curriculum for teaching climate change along with delivering professional development on this curriculum. He also assists The Science House Mountain Office in providing workshops on integrating literacy and STEM. He 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.
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 23 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 has been the Envirothon Coach for five years. 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.
Doctoral Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
Emma Refvem is a National Board Certified teacher who taught Earth and Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science at Riverside High School in Durham for eight years. She is now working full-time on her PhD in Science Education at NC State University, researching family science experiences as they influence career choice as well as motivations for people to choose science teaching as a career. She has worked with the Climate and Energy LEAP programs as a participating teacher, and was a UNC Climate Fellow in 2012. She has a lot of experience presenting at local and national science teacher conferences, and is now working to bring her teacher perspective to the world of academia. Her teaching passions include incorporating technology into science lessons, organizing large groups of people with spreadsheets, and capitalizing on the joy and genius of high school students.
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. 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.