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N-CHS Biology Teachers assist with Salamander Research

N-CHS Biology Teachers assist with Salamander Research in conjunction with Western Carolina University

On Saturday, September 10th, 2016 Ms. Felicia Goodman and Mrs. Caroline McCrary were able to participate in salamander captures, data collection, and discussions concerning the change in species over time at the Coweeta Hydrologic Southern Research Station in Otto, NC.  This research station is about an hour from Western Carolina University and this particular research project has been occurring for 43 years at this location.  Ms. Goodman was invited by one of her previous herpetology professors at Western Carolina University, Dr. Joseph Pechmann.  

The capture and release methods along with data collection took place from 8pm to 2am as terrestrial salamander are nocturnal.  The two science teachers saw this as both a learning, PLC, and field-biology experience; furthermore, this real-life example of how salamander species are interbreeding in this particular area can be applied directly into all the biology courses at N-CHS.  Please enjoy some of the pictures below and if you would like more information on the Coweeta Hydrologic Southern Research Station please click here.


Left: Felicia Goodman, Right: Caroline McCrary



Hybrid (Plethodon teyahalee and Plethodon shermani)


Hybrid (Plethodon teyahalee and Plethodon shermani)


Felicia Goodman


Caroline McCrary

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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