In Loving Memory

Hi, All.
It is with great sadness that we write to you today.
Our dear friend and colleague, Linda May, has passed away after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 63. (Her obituary is below.)
Linda worked with nCASE/CASE since its inception in 2007. Even though she worked primarily as our accountant and one of our mathematics trainers, she did whatever was needed to keep the organization on task. Working extended hours, traveling and multitasking was often among her job responsibilities, and Linda gave her best to every task she accepted.
Many of you worked directly with Linda as she ordered your supplies, processed your invoices, discussed your budgets, or responded to your emails. She became much more than a voice at the end of the phone. She became a friend.
Linda had a soft, compassionate side that led her to those in need. She spent countless hours visiting nursing homes, offering free accounting services, editing college papers for adult friends returning to college, tutoring math students, loaning money to those in desperate need, providing transportation for someone without it, and praying with someone in tears. All of us knew that as strong as she appeared on the outside, she would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.
Although small in stature, Lin leaves behind a very large footprint to fill. We will miss her terribly in the days ahead. Michaelyn Conley continues to cover her responsibilities, but feel free to contact Nancy (724-366-0709) with any concerns or questions you might have.
Linda openly spoke of her love for God and her devotion to His service. Thus, we composed a “revised” poem in her honor. We hope the following message brings you comfort:

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today;
While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you;
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand.

She said my place was ready
In heaven far above;
And that I'd have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.

But when I walked through heaven's gates
I felt so much at home;
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne.

He said, "This is eternity
And all I've promised you;
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it all starts anew."

"I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
And since each day's the same day,
There's no longing for the past."

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here in your heart.

Revised poem by David Romano

Warm regards,

Steve, Nancy and the nCASE Family


Linda Lee Pauline May, 63, of Oakland, MD, died Thursday, November 30, 2017, at her home.

Born October 11, 1954, in Oakland, she was the daughter of Dorothy Lee (Blizzard) Slaubaugh and the late John Albert Slaubaugh. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, SSgt Norman Paul May.

Mrs. May was an accountant for the National Center of STEM Education and was also a mathematics professor at Garrett College. She received an Associate's degree from Garrett College, Bachelor's degree in mathematics and Master's degree in mathematics both from West Virginia University.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, John Phillip Gerard; two sons, Anthony Paul May and Aaron Michael May and wife, Whitney Rochelle May; two grandchildren, Anthony Paul "TJ" May, Jr. and Nakayla "Starr" May; six brothers, John David Slaubaugh. James Albert Slaubaugh, Joseph Lawrence Slaubaugh, Jacob Martin Slaubaugh; Jonathan Floyd Slaubaugh and Joshua Wilson Slaubaugh; and seven sisters, Victoria Mae Cowett, Susan Lorene Austin, Janine Frances Shirley, Marian Ruth Antunez, Delores Jeanne Roper, Dorothy Ann Edwards and Sharon Louise Simpson.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Drive, Oakland on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from 6-8 pm. Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Jacob Slaubaugh and Pastor Dennis Caton officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Charitable donations may be made to:
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

Message from the Executive Director

Comments/Questions from nCASE Executive Director:


Nancy and I look forward to visiting select national conferences, outreach events and programs occurring at some of our partnering sites throughout the country...



The status of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States has been well publicized and documented.  The United States is not meeting its current or projected needs for engineers and scientists with ominous portents for our nation’s future and posterity.

Headquartered at the Fayette Institute of Commerce and Technology in Uniontown Pennsylvania, nCASE is an outgrowth of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), which was established in June 2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Defence Education Program (NDEP).  nCASE continues to be a response to President Bush’s 2006 State-of-the-Union Address during which he announced the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to encourage American innovation and strengthen our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.  This ambitious strategy increased federal investment in critical research as part of its efforts to ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in opportunity and innovation and provide American children with a strong foundation in math and science.

nCASE believes that a comprehensive and balanced program is needed; one that excites the curiosity of learners and that trains and supports teachers as they adopt new and effective instructional strategies.

One promising teaching innovation is inquiry- and design-based instruction (I&D). Although the methodology has roots that can be traced back to John Dewey, it has never been practiced on a wide scale in America’s STEM classrooms.  But, now the approach is experiencing a resurgence of interest and vitality.  Teachers are being trained in the method, and instructional materials are being created to support their efforts in the classroom.

Dynamic customized training programs include the latest technology and cutting-edge best practices to better prepare teachers for the 21st-century classroom.  A variety of instructional tools are utilized, including Materials World Modules (MWM), developed by Dr. Robert Chang of Northwestern University, and DimensionM, developed by DimensionU formerly Tabula Digita of Virginia.  The Center is training teachers to integrate current technology, such as: social media, 3D printers, iPads/tablets, cell phones, educational "games," digital cameras, etc.

The youth of today are completely comfortable with every aspect of technology. These “millennials” are technically literate like no generation before them.  Thus, classrooms cannot be conducted as they were in the past.  Teachers have no choice but to fully integrate technology into their curricula if they hope to keep their students excited about learning.

A unique component of nCASE’s training is its incorporation of DoD STEM professionals.  nCASE works with designated DoD laboratories across the nation to integrate their scientists and engineers (S&Es) into the training process with the educators.  This creates mutual respect for one another’s perspectives, experiences and areas of expertise.  Following training, the S&Es visit the classrooms of their local nCASE-trained teachers (when possible) and provide a "real-world" perspective to the classroom, which brings the STEM instruction to life.

A support system includes a variety of mechanisms designed to ensure that the teachers and S&Es are able to use the new tools and techniques they have learned. Center support includes demonstration projects, additional training, research opportunities, administrative oversight, and ongoing assistance from nCASE trainers.

nCASE works with local, regional, state, and national partners from around the country representing education, government, armed forces, economic development, non-profit, and private business sectors to create training programs that immerse teachers and students in activities associated with inquiry- and design-based learning, supplement the normal science and mathematics curriculum and introduce engineering processes to the classroom learning environment.


nCASE is always interested in accepting new clients, establishing new partnerships and developing new initiatives that support its primary goal of increasing the number of students seeking STEM careers, making STEM more diverse, and improving student achievement in STEM courses.


Achieving global excellence by motivating young minds to solve tomorrow’s challenges with innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).



To create more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals in the United States, there must be a concerted and united effort to connect businesses, governments, universities, schools, teachers, scientists, engineers, parents, and students.


Our vision is to increase the interest and engagement of young people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing resources to schools, teachers and students.  Our focus is to identify what works and what is needed and to find innovative solutions for current and emerging challenges in STEM Education.