Christopher Collins

Instructor of Science

Morganton

Joined NCSSM in August 2022

Chris Collins joined NCSSM as an Instructor of Biology on our Morganton campus. He came to us in 2022 as a temporary hire from Patton High School, and began as a permanent employee in July 2023. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/secondary education from Appalachian State University, and a master’s degree in biology education/microbiology from Montana State University. At NCSSM, he has taught courses ranging from AP biology to online neuroscience and has served as the Science TA coordinator and assisted with Summer Research in Science. Chris’s community connections and prior experience led to his continued leadership in the Environmental Field Day, where NCSSM-Morganton and Patton High School students engaged Burke County fifth-graders in environmental science content. Morganton has been his home for many years and he considers the surrounding natural landscapes to be some of the best in the country. He and his wife spend their free time relaxing in their garden and enjoying the local wildlife. Chris is passionate about students, challenges, adventures, and science!   BS, Biology – Secondary Education, Appalachian State MSSE, Science Education – Microbiology, Montana State

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Michele Alexandre

Instructor and Chair of Biology

Megan Alvord ’10

Instructor of Physics

Timothy Anglin

Instructor of Chemistry

Seth Anthony

Instructor of Chemistry

Tylisha Baber

Instructor of Chemistry

Deann Barger

Program Associate

Jonathan Bennett

Instructor and John Kolena Chair of Physics

Adam Benoit

Instructor of Physics

Jacob Brown

Instructor of Physics

Kim Browning

Instructor of Chemistry

Michael Bruno

Instructor and Chair of Chemistry

Michael Cargill

Instructor of Biology

Kat Cooper

Instructor of Chemistry

Jianbei Deng

Instructor of Biology and Chemistry

Maitê DiLorenzo

Instructor of Biology

Mauricio Escobar

Instructor of Physics

Michael Falvo

Instructor of Physics

Bob Gotwals

Instructor of Chemistry

Tandy Grubbs

Instructor of Chemistry

Shalane Hairston

Physics Lab and Fabrication Lab Assistant

James Happer

Instructor of Physics

Nina Kornegay

Instructor of Forensics

Mareca Lodge

Instructor of Biology

Antonio Lopez

Chemistry Lab Manager

Heather Mallory

Instructor of Biology

Cristel Miller

Instructor of Chemistry

Kimberly Monahan

Instructor of Biology

Charlie Payne

Instructor of Physics

Erin Quinlan

Instructor of Biology

Rachel Rueckeis ’88

Instructor of Physics

Amy Sheck

Dean of Science

Kyle Slinker

Instructor of Physics

Lindsay Smith

Instructor of Biology

Darrell Spells

Instructor of Chemistry

Gabriela Stefan

Instructor of Physics

Isaac Stewart

Instructor of Chemistry

Lindsey Taylor

Lab Manager (Morganton)

Beth Thomasson

Instructor of Biology

Katherine Unruhe

Instructor of Physics

Lauren Wagner ’03

Instructor of Biology

Jenny Wang

Instructor of Chemistry

Sam Wheeler

Instructor of Physics

Jennifer Williams

Chair of Science (Morganton)