Dr. Judith McDonald

Dr. Judith McDonald
Dr. Judith McDonald

Meet Dr. Judith McDonald

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

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.

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

Examples of the classes taught by Dr. 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 – present)
  • 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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