James Happer

Instructor of Physics

Morganton

Joined NCSSM in July 2022

Jim Happer joined the NCSSM-Morganton team in July 2022 as an Instructor of Physics. Jim has taught high school physics, mathematics, and more in the US, India, Mexico, China, and Indonesia. He coached the robotics team that hosted the first FTC tournament in China in 2010, and later mentored FTC teams in Yancey and Mitchell counties in North Carolina. Since his first year teaching at Pasadena High School in 1994, Jim has incorporated engineering, tinkering, project-based, and design skills into science and math classrooms. In recent years, Jim has developed JavaScript-based tools to support “badges” as an alternative to grades, as well as to accredit student achievement in STEM-based skills. He is enormously excited to work with colleagues and students at NCSSM.  

BA, Astrophysics, Columbia University
MA, Science Education, Claremont Graduate School

Science

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

Christopher Collins

Instructor of Science

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

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)