Grade(s): Middle School
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
A Little About Me... Who am I? I am a graduate of Pfeiffer University where I majored in Business Administration. I have been a part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools System since February, 2012. Prior to that I worked as a Business Consultant and as a retail manager for a major home improvement retailer. I found my love for education after spending time as an intern for Freedom Schools After-school and Summer Literacy and later as a substitute teacher. I served one school year as a long-term substitute and I haven't looked back since. During the summer months I serve as a site coordinator for Freedom Schools. I absolutely love being a part of the village that molds and shapes our young people into successful adults who will continue shaping our world. My home life includes being a wife, a mother of three adult sons and one daughter, and the grandmother of two grandsons and one granddaughter. I enjoy playing tennis, bowling, and crochet...when I'm not teaching of course! I have two favorite quotes: "If a man shows you who he is, believe him" Maya Angelou and "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude" Oprah Winfrey. I believe that every scholar should be given the opportunity to be the best that they can be. That being said, I come to work every day looking for the best in each of them.