Waddell science teacher honored for classroom innovation

Many of Tamica Stubbs’ students have won state and national awards for their work in biotechnology, biology and engineering

Tamica Stubbs, a teacher at Waddell High School, has won the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s first Bioachievement award, which recognized her innovative teaching methods.

Stubbs has been teaching science in CMS since 1998. She created the state’s first Students Modeling a Research Topic (SMART) team. SMART teams work with teachers and research scientists to design and construct protein models.

Many of Stubbs’ students have won state and national awards for their work in biotechnology, biology and engineering.

She also began a nanoscience club at Waddell and was recognized by the Entomological Society of America for using non-traditional methods to teach about insects.

“I feel a remarkable sense of achievement to be honored by both the education and scientific community simultaneously,” Stubbs said. “I owe it all to my wonderful students who are receptive of any challenges I bring their way.”

Stubbs received her award at a Feb. 19 banquet.

“We are proud of Ms. Stubbs’ work,” said Marjorie Benbow, director of Greater Charlotte Office for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. “She has been identified as a shining star by CMS, the Entomological Society and the International Biology Institute.”

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center supports research, business and education related to enhancing life science. It provides professional development, networking opportunities and research projects for educators and professionals in the biotechnology field.

Last summer, Stubbs was one of hundreds of educators who attended a workshop to learn the latest teaching methods in biotechnology.

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