Greetings! Welcome to Mr. McNicholas' Science Class!
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Hello 6th Grade Scientists & Families!
My name is Mr. McNicholas, most of my students call me Mr.M. I am part of the sixth-grade team here at our amazing school. This year, I am excited for you to join our Viking family as we embark on this middle school adventure together!
I began teaching at NWMS during the 2020-2021 pandemic school year as a first year teacher. I decided to become a teacher because I know that I have so much to share with my community. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the education department at my local zoo and at an animal hospital. At the zoo, I was ecstatic about teaching students just like you about zoology, biology, nutrition, environmental science, and conservation. I adopted two wild ones of my own... my cats' names are Pinky and Pepper. They may not be as "fur-ocious" as the tigers or lions at the zoo, but sometimes I do question their genetic makeup. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, hiking, and trying new foods. One of my favorite hobbies is to go on road trips to places like the Blue Ridge Parkway to stargaze. I recently got a telescope and take it around to search for amazing objects in our sky. I just LOVE everything related to space. I will be helping to lead Astronomy Club here at our school and also will be starting a "Gamers Unite" club after school! You may also see me on the field assistant coaching for the boy's soccer team! Go Vikings!
A few years ago, I was honored to work with the education specialists at the NASA Langley Research Center (this is where they filmed the movie 'Hidden Figures'). I learned about NASA STEM engagement within the classroom to help my students to one day become engineers, scientists, and even astronauts. I currently serve as an ambassador for NASA STEM Education for the state of North Carolina under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. During my first year at NWMS, I was also honored to be our school's Rookie Teacher of the Year (2020-2021) and I am a finalist for the Guilford County Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year award! I could not have done it without students and families just like you, and I am so electrified to be able to show you how truly amazing science can be!!!
I am really looking forward to being able to work with you all this year! Remember that we're in it together, and I will be here to help you in any way that I can. Please feel free to reach out to me for anything.