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Atiya Merchant, Carolina Biological Supply Company wins the NCSTA Commercial Distinguished Service in Science Education Award for 2020

Alisa B. Wickliff
2020 NCSTA Awards Committee

Atiya Merchant, K-8 Curriculum Sales Specialist, Regional Sales Manager, Carolina Biological Supply Company wins the NC Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Commercial Distinguished Service in Science Education Award for 2020

BURLINGTON, NC, November 10, 2020 – Atiya Merchant was presented with the 2020 NCSTA Commercial Distinguished Service in Science Education Award at the annual 51st NCSTA Awards Ceremony, Thursday, November 5, 2020.

The NCSTA Commercial Distinguished Service in Science Education Award is given to a person exhibiting leadership in science education; contributing to improvements in science education; and excelling in the aspects of science education. This honor is determined by other science educators throughout NC and serves as recognition of Atiya Merchant’s professional excellence and contributions to science education in North Carolina.

"Atiya Merchant is an excellent sales representative who values and appreciates the work of K-12 Science educators throughout NC. I have worked with Atiya for a number of years and she actively participates in regional and state-wide science education and science leadership events including NCSTA and NCSLA. She works with science educators to demonstrate the purpose and educational intent of Carolina Biological products as well as supporting classroom teachers who test and use the products. She is helpful and willing to participate to make events and meetings more accessible and valuable for all participants. Carolina Biological generously supports STEM efforts throughout NC through their active attendance and financial support. Atiya Merchant is a valuable asset to our region and state."

—Alisa B. Wickliff, Center for STEM Education, Cato College of Education, UNC Charlotte

Carolina Biological Supply Company

From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina has grown to become the leading supplier of biological and other science teaching materials in the world. Headquartered in Burlington, NC, Carolina serves customers worldwide, including teachers, students, and professionals in science and health-related fields. The company is still privately owned by descendants of the founder, geology and biology professor Dr. Thomas E. Powell Jr.