Dr. Judith McDonald

Dr. Judith McDonald
Professor, Education,

Meet Judith McDonald

OF NOTE: Leads students through coursework in classroom management and in the essentials of teaching subjects including mathematics and science.

KNOWN FOR: Working with the underrepresented populations in STEM on the elementary and middle grade students. Also enjoys engaging Belmont Abbey College students in local STEM nights and science fairs.

Popular quote: “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

Examples of the classes taught by Judith McDonald:
  • ED 370 Science and the Community
  • ED 400 Classroom Management
  • ED 404 Foundations of Mathematics
  • ED 409 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers
  • ED 475 Supervise Student Teachers
  • SC 201 Introduction to Earth Science
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Greensboro 2008
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Science
  • Dissertation A Case Study of Second-Career Alternatively Certified Science Teachers: What Research and Educational Experiences and Understanding of Nature of Science Do They Bring to Classroom Practices? (Dec. 2007)
  • M.Ed University of North Carolina, Charlotte 1999
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Science (Middle Grades)
  • BS University of West Virginia Secondary Education
  • General science/biology



• ASTE presenting new publication – Science Teachers Attitudes Towards Inquiry, Portland, OR (January, 2015)

• NSTA co-presented Genetics: 1, 2, 3 Look at Me!  Understanding Genetics for the Elementary Classroom (Charlotte, NC, 2013)

• MAASTE presented preliminary results of data collected from The Impact of Informal Science Experiences on Pre-Service Teachers – Marshall University (September, 2013)

• University of North Carolina at Charlotte SITE 3rd – 5th grade Science Content: weeklong summer institutes teaching new curriculum focusing on content using engaging strategies to cohorts of 25 with follow-up sessions in the school year. (June 2009 – present)

• North Carolina Science Teachers Association Professional Development Presented many topics including:  Assessment and Effective Evaluations, Reaching Adult Learners, Curriculum Design, Inquiry and Discrepant Events, and many lessons on science content. (2008 – present)

• MAASTE co-presented inquiry study, Teachers Understanding and Implementation of

Inquiry with Dr. Warren DiBiase – Virginia Tech (September, 2012)

• NASA Educator Workshop for STEM Educators All the Factors in the Water Cycle

Charlotte, NC (February, 2012)

• Keynote speaker to induction of Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society at Belmont Abbey

College– (December 2011)

• Teacher Development at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary for K – 5th grade teachers,

What Does it Mean to Teach Using Inquiry? – (Fall 2011)

• Water Day for 300 local Middle Grade Students in Charlotte Region at the National

Whitewater Center – (Fall 2011)

• Gaston County Business Association – Importance of Science Diversity

(November 2009)

• National Science Teachers Association Presentation – Understanding Electricity for

Elementary Classrooms (October 2008)

• North Carolina State University Expanding Your Horizons – Girls in Science

Presentations (March 2006 – present)

• GIS Day – Prepared teachers and students to present (November 2006)

• Southwest Alliance Science Conference at Charlotte (November 2006)

• STEM ACT Conference presented What Do Alternatively Certified Science Teachers

Bring to the Classroom?  (May 5 – 7, 2006)

• Southwest Alliance Meeting – Science presentations on science content in the elementary

and middle grades using research based instructional methodology.  (September 2005 & November 2006)

• Classroom Management- How Do I Manage a Lab in Middle

School Science? (February, 2005)

• Train new middle school science teachers – CMS middle grades (Summer 2004)

• Organize and Train Middle School Science Teachers through Alliance Meetings (2004 –


• Secondary Alliance Meeting – What the issues in classroom management and where do I

begin?  (Spring, 2005)

• Inquiry – What is it and why use it?  Presented to all middle school academic facilitators

in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Fall 2004)

  • Inquiry understanding of secondary in-service science teachers
  • Informal science experiences on pre-service/in-service teachers
  • Girls in STEM

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