About Us

Dawn Ballway (Founder) moved to the Charlotte area with her husband and two children. She previously lived in New Jersey and worked in the performing arts before having children. Dawn studied childhood development for many years. Realizing that science instruction in our schools has decreased consistently throughout the years, Dawn decided to fill the void by creating Atomz Lab. Her goal is to open the world of science to children by making hands-on science fun!
Lori Maple lives in the Charlotte area with her husband and three children. Prior to moving here, Lori lived in Maryland for 23 years and graduated from Towson State University in Baltimore Maryland with a Bachelors of Science degree. Lori has volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader, Head of Social Committee, Session Aide for Faith Formation and as Treasurer for school PTA/PTSOs. She currently enjoys teaching science to our preschooler
Stacy Mead moved to the Charlotte area from Long Island, New York ten years ago with her husband and two children. She has a BS in Biology and a masters in Science education. She taught science for over 10 years before moving to the area. She loves sharing her love of science with children through Atomz Lab.
Pam Krohn and her retired husband enjoy living in the Charlotte area close to extended family members.  Pam loves spending time with her many grandchildren!  Pam is a registered nurse and she is a natural with children.
Liz Farley taught elementary science in her home state of California prior to moving to Union County in 2002. She has worked as a substitute teacher in local elementary schools since 2007. Liz is married with three daughters.
Nicole Everhart, along with her husband and 3 children, has lived in the Charlotte area for the past 6 years. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Psychology and is certified in elementary education. She spent several years teaching preschool and working on her Master's. After staying home with her children she worked as a reading tutor at ITES. She loves watching children light up when they learn new things and she is excited about teaching science to them.


"A Cool Experience For Young Scientists!"

International studies show that the United States continues to lag behind other countries in students' knowledge of science and math.

The poor rankings for U.S. students in these major tests provide alarming evidence that most of our students are not being prepared for a world that is shaped by science and technology.

Many people in the United States understand that in order for our society to remain competitive in an advanced technological era, a good science education is critical.