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Northside ISD’s new Peggy Carnahan Elementary School serves as one of many indicators of the impact this outstanding science educator has had on San Antonio, the State of Texas, and the nation. In her 44-year career Peggy Carnahan has taught high school biology, directed the science program for NISD (one of the state’s largest and most recognized school districts), directed one of the five national implementation sites for Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), directed the San Antonio Rural Systemic Initiative funded by NSF, founded the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at OLLU, funded master’s degrees for 500 science teachers, and established the state’s largest, most active, and most respected science teacher network. Educator and Industry Advisory Boards established by Carnahan keep her informed of both school and community needs and in touch with potential opportunities to further the growth of science teachers. She was the first female to be named a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. Those who work and learn with Peggy Carnahan consider themselves inescapably “Pegged for life.”
Thomas Gadsden, Jr., EdD
At the National Convention of the National Science Teacher’s Association in Anaheim, Calif., Dr. Gadsden, associate professor of physics and chemistry, was awarded one of science education’s highest honors: the 2006 NSTA Award for Distinguished Service to Science Education.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master's of Education and Doctor of Education in science education.
Dr. Gadsden began his career teaching high school science at the PK Yonge Lab School at the University of Florida. Over 17 years, he became internationally known for his work in Unified Science Education and development of Aviology, an aviation-related science program. In addition to high school teaching, he taught elementary and secondary science teaching methods courses and graduate-level “Science Education Internationally” as associate professor in the UF College of Education. Dr. Gadsden became director of science for the Richardson (TX) Independent School District and served as president and executive secretary for the Science Teachers Association of Texas. In 1991, he was selected as Head of Education for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. From 1994 to 2005, Tom served as associate director for collaboration for the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education at Ohio State University, working with federal agencies, professional organizations and national projects to build collaborative ventures improving math science education. Now he’s developing the new leadership for science education.