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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education named Jeffrey Jackson director of inventory management and internal audits at its Oct. 28 meeting.

Jackson is presently the materials control supervisor for Celgard LLC. He has worked at the manufacturing company since 1993 and has previously held these titles: master production planner, production planner and inventory control specialist.

The board also named Susan Norwood executive director of the Teacher Incentive Fund and Leadership for Educators' Advanced Performance. Norwood has been a secondary talent development and advanced studies specialist at CMS since 2005 and was previously a teacher at Randolph Middle School and a resource teacher for the language arts department.

Girl Talk Foundation, a character-building program for girls age 11-16, took 30 girls from Charlotte-area middle and high schools to Winthrop University and South Carolina State University on Nov. 1. Presented by Wachovia, the Girl Talk College Tour encourages girls early on to pursue a college education by exposing them to diverse college environments and educating them about the college application process. Details: www.girltalk foundationinc.com; 704-335-5885.

Trinity Episcopal School of Charlotte unveiled its new outdoor classroom on Nov. 7. This new outdoor learning facility gives faculty the opportunity to teach a wide array of lessons in a natural setting while teaching them to honor and appreciate nature.

Trinity Episcopal School is recognized as a schoolyard habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, with its campus gardens consisting of a butterfly garden, keyhole vegetable garden, composting bin, Three Sisters' container garden and N.C. native prairie gardens. Harvesting potatoes, planting tulips, maintaining bird feeders, banding trees and cleaning Little Sugar Creek are examples of some student-led activities.Details: www.tescharlotte.org; 704-358-8101.

Biology teacher Tamica Stubbs of Waddell High School in Charlotte has been named winner of a top award by the Entomological Society of America.

Stubbs won the President's Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education. The honor goes to teachers who use non-traditional methods to teach about insects in science education.

“I'm grateful for this award,” Stubbs said. “I'm always looking for more resources to help teach my students.”

The award will be accompanied by an unspecified amount of money for Stubbs to buy additional teaching materials. In addition, the organization will pay for Stubbs to attend professional training programs. She also will attend the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting, set for Decemeber in Reno, Nev.

Stubbs was honored for a lesson plan, “Where Have All The Insects Gone?” The lesson included use of insects to teach genetic patterns, anatomy and enzyme activity.

“Using insects to teach biology makes teaching and learning fun and interesting,” Stubbs said.

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