Randy La Cross has been serving as the VP for Outreach and Research since 2005. He is responsible for leading a team of STEM educators in the development of educational experiences for the state's students and teachers, as well as for the oversight of the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI). La Cross joined GSSM in 1998, as a curriculum development specialist, and in 2000, became curriculum coordinator in the school's Outreach Center. During his 20 plus years as a science educator in South Carolina, La Cross has had the opportunity to develop curricula, create science education outreach programs, serve on numerous state and national committees, serve as a science teacher consultant, conduct presentations at state and national science conferences, and teach at a variety of educational levels. He has a passion for developing STEM educational experiences that are academically challenging, relevant, interactive, and a lot of fun!
Prior to joining GSSM, La Cross taught high school science in Darlington County, where he was also an assistant varsity football coach and a head girls’ varsity track and field coach. He previously also taught science in Kershaw County and spent several years at Francis Marion University as a science education instructor. In 2008, La Cross was awarded the Lawrence S. Swails Outstanding Alumni Award by the Biology Department at Francis Marion University for the contributions he has made to STEM education.
- All the graduate courses in a secondary science education Ph.D. program at University of South Carolina
- M.Ed. in Secondary Science, Francis Marion University
- B.S. in Biology, Francis Marion University
How long have you worked at GSSM?
How long have you worked in academia?
Tell us what you love about working at GSSM.
It's a STEM educational culture where learning is celebrated, innovation is encouraged, and taking a risk is OK. I love being able to develop and deliver STEM educational experiences for students and teachers across the state.
Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
- Member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), where I served on the Middle Level Science Teaching Committee Member of the South Carolina Science Council
Please list and describe any personal information you would like to share.
Spending time with family and friends, watching high school and college football, cooking, playing golf, and volunteering in various youth programs.
What would your students be surprised to learn about you?
I was born in the Los Angeles area of California. I have been an assistant varsity football coach and a girls track coach.
What is your perfect pizza?
New York style with lots of cheese, pepperoni & mushrooms
What's your favorite quote?
"Your greatest asset can be your greatest liability." - Mr. Reems