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Barrier Receives Distinguished Service Award from NC Science Leadership

Regina Barrier, The Science House, NC State University Northwestern Outreach Director, was presented with the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina by the NC Science Leadership Association (NCSLA), sponsored by Fisher Science Education.

“It has been a positive and rewarding partnership with NC State University to accommodate The Science House at the Education Center,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps. “Our science teachers benefit from the convenience and accessibility to science equipment, programs and teaching materials that empower scientific literacy and hands-on delivery.”

The school district provides office space for one of three Science House satellite locations in North Carolina. The Science House helps educators produce successful grants and provides a platform in advancing STEM to school districts in western North Carolina.

Barrier began her career as a Quality Control Lab Manager at Southeastern Adhesives Company in Lenoir in 1988. She entered the teaching profession and taught science, chemistry, and physics at Hibriten High School until 1997 when she became a coordinator for middle and high school science safety at the district level. In 2000, she advanced to the role as The Science House, NC State University Northwestern Outreach Director.

The Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award is given annually to a person who has performed a great service to science education in North Carolina. This award was renamed in 2008 in honor of Michael C. Jackson, a founder of NCSLA, President of three NC science associations, and science teacher for 35 years. Jackson served as a curriculum consultant in math and science in the Caldwell County School System from 1994 to 1997.

As an administrator in the school district, Jackson worked with The Science House to open the first western office in Caldwell County. “While I was teaching at Hibriten High, he told me about the position, and I recommended a Hibriten High science teacher,” said Barrier. “Five years later that teacher left the position and Jackson recommended me. So, I have Mike Jackson to thank for my office!”