Science is a process of understanding and explaining how the natural world works based on evidence. Curiosity, imagination, creativity and methods of inquiry help drive the scientific process. Science helps us to look at the world with eyes of appreciation. We can see that the natural world has numerous interconnected parts that vary in complexity. By increasing our scientific literacy, we can learn to appreciate the natural world we are part of and learn how to take better care of it as well. Science develops skills such as observing, hypothesis testing, critical thinking, data analysis, collaboration and communication. These skills are transferable and will help our students be successful in other fields of study and better prepared for future careers. 

Derek Chase


M.S. Chemical & Life Sciences, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
MEd Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
B.S.  Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University (University Park, PA)


Biology Teacher, St. Stephen's High School, Hickory NC  (2012-2014)
Biology Teacher, Bunker Hill High School, Claremont NC  (2004 - 2011)


Catawba County Teacher of the Year (2011 and 2013)
St. Stephen's High School Teach of the Year (2013)
NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Outstanding Educator (2011)
NC Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Teacher (2010)
Bunker Hill High School Teacher of the Year (2007, 2010)

David Lee


B.A.   Biology Education , Appalachian State University  1980
M.S   Science Education, Montana State University  2003


National Board For Professional Teaching Standards AYA Science 2004 , renewed until 2024 
School Administration, Appalachian State University 2009


Director, Alexander County Schools Alternative Learning Program 2006-2015
Science Teacher, Alexander Central High School  1992-2015
Science Teacher, West Alexander Middle School 1985-1992
Science Teacher, Wilmington Laney High School 1984-1985
Science Teacher, Dorm Parent,  The Patterson School   1982-1984
Science Teacher, Edneyville High School 1979-1981