Founded in 2000, the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development, is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at N.C. State University. The Kenan Fellows Program was established from a community effort to address the retention of effective math and science teachers in the Research Triangle region. Today, the Kenan Fellows Program is nationally recognized as a model for industry-education partnerships. Currently there are about 350 Kenan Fellows across NC. Approximately 50 outstanding K-12 educators are selected annually for this year-long fellowship. Key components are at least a three-week summer internship with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, and 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity and promotes curricular design linking classwork to “real” work. K-12 teachers selected as Kenan Fellows collaborate with university researchers and industry experts to spur the next generation of great thinkers, leaders and inventors. Participation in the program empowers teachers to drive innovations in North Carolina public schools. Tonight we want to recognize our teachers who were selected for Kenan Fellowships.
Greene County’s first Kenan Fellow is Ms. Jennifer Walmsley. Ms. Walmsley actually completed her internship last summer and has shared her work at state level conferences this year. The Kenan Fellows leadership has been very complimentary of Ms. Walmsley. I would say she made a good impression as we are pleased to announce that we will have 4 teachers beginning the Kenan Fellows Program this summer. This group of teachers will be working on projects aimed at improving math instruction. They are:
Heather Waddell, K, SHP
Keshia Speight, 3rd grade, WGE
Phil Cook, 5th grade, GCIS
Samantha Haislip, 7th grade math, GCMS