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2013 Fellows and Mentors

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Blair Austin
Sardis Elementary School
Union County Public Schools
Mentor: Jessica Garner, NC DPI Region 6
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Teachers Training Teachers: Delivering Innovative Multimedia Curriculum Resources

Partnered with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) professional development consultants, Ms. Austin will join local North Carolina DPI content specialists and Kenan Fellows from across the state to help develop blended teacher training supporting effective delivery of the new Common Core and Essential Standards. Ms. Austin is tasked with supporting NCDPI’s intensive, blended professional development initiative focused on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core and Essential Standards. This opportunity puts the Kenan Fellow on the cutting edge of North Carolina’s planned implementation of these new standards for all content areas during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Marlena Bleau
Havelock Middle School
Craven County Schools
Mentors: Mark Meno and Todd Price, Fleet Readiness Center
Sponsor: NASA Flight Fellowship
Aviation Engineering at the U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East

Ms. Bleau will join the Navy’s master artisans and skilled engineers as they work to support and maintain the U.S. fleet of helicopter and rotor aircraft. She will share her newfound knowledge and experiences with students by creating relevant classroom curriculum that aligns with state and national standards. Ms. Bleau will provide insight into how relevant workplace challenges can be incorporated into authentic classroom lessons. Additionally, she will develop relationships that extend beyond the military base.

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Amy Bradley
Caldwell County Career Middle College
Caldwell County Schools
Mentors: Kimberly Simmons and Heather Mullins, NC DPI
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Teachers Training Teachers: Delivering Innovative Multimedia Curriculum Resources

Partnered with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) professional development consultants, Ms. Bradley will join local North Carolina DPI content specialists and Kenan Fellows from across the state to help develop blended teacher training supporting effective delivery of the new Common Core and Essential Standards. Ms. Bradley is tasked with supporting NCDPI’s intensive, blended professional development initiative focused on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core and Essential Standards. This opportunity puts the Kenan Fellow on the cutting edge of North Carolina’s planned implementation of these new standards for all content areas during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Jerolyn Brown
Northeast Middle School
Guilford County Schools
Mentor: Frances Harris-Burke, NC DPI Region 5
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Teachers Training Teachers: Delivering Innovative Multimedia Curriculum Resources

Partnered with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) professional development consultants, Ms. Brown will join local North Carolina DPI content specialists and Kenan Fellows from across the state to help develop blended teacher training supporting effective delivery of the new Common Core and Essential Standards. Ms. Brown is tasked with supporting NCDPI’s intensive, blended professional development initiative focused on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core and Essential Standards. This opportunity puts the Kenan Fellow on the cutting edge of North Carolina’s planned implementation of these new standards for all content areas during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Robin Bulleri
Carrboro High School
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Mentors: Dr. Jory Weintraub and Dr. Paul Harnik, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Sponsor: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
Exploring Evolutionary Science

Ms. Bulleri will work with visiting and in-house scientists at NESCent to explore state-of-the-art informatics tools, assemble novel data bases and develop new analytical tools for evolutionary biology. During her externship, she will team with a NESCent scientist to explore an evolutionary science project. In addition, Ms. Bulleri will partner with Dr. Jory Weintraub on an evolutionary science education project and act as a co-instructor for a 3-day summer workshop to provide tools for teaching evolution.

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Kristine Chalifoux
Raleigh Charter High School
Wake County Public School System
Mentor: Dr. Julie Joslin, NC DPI
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development-ELA

Partnered with Mentor Dr. Julie Joslin, Ms. Chalifoux will create engaging curriculum and model instructional practices for North Carolina English teachers. The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year, and the curriculum Ms. Chalifoux will create includes a module of materials that an LEA can use for on-site professional development. The project will involve capturing digital video of excellent instructional delivery of challenging concepts and creating a detailed facilitators’ guide to accompany each video. Working closely with her mentor, Ms. Chalifoux will help transform the way English is taught in North Carolina.

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Priscilla Chappell
William G. Enloe High
Wake County Public School System
Mentor: Dr. Julie Joslin, NC DPI
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development-ELA

Partnered with Dr. Julie Joslin, Ms. Chappell will create engaging curriculum and model instructional practices for North Carolina teachers. The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year, and the curriculum Ms. Chalifoux will create includes a module of materials that an LEA can use for on-site professional development. The project will involve capturing digital video of excellent instructional delivery of challenging concepts and creating a detailed facilitators’ guide to accompany each video. Ms. Chappell will also create a schedule for implementing this training and construct a list of possible follow-up activities and resources. Working closely with her mentor, Kenan Fellow Priscilla Chappell will help transform the way English is taught in North Carolina.

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Alexander Constas
Shughart Middle School
Department of Defense Education Activity
Mentors: Rick Perko and Ray Winters, Immersion Media
Sponsor: NSF Noyce II Grant
Creating Curriculum to Supplement SMART Board Science Models

Kenan Master Teaching Fellow Alexander Constas will join Immersion Media, a Fayetteville multimedia development company, in creating classroom curriculum to enhance their interactive science models for SMART Boards. Millions of students and teachers around the world use SMART Boards to improve learning outcomes. With both the simplicity of a whiteboard and the power of a computer, the SMART Board empowers teachers to deliver dynamic lessons with the simple touch of a finger. Immersion Media is transforming the way students engage with scientific concepts incorporating innovative 3D models into innovative curriculum. Mr. Constas you will collaborate with programmers and graphic designers to create curriculum to be distributed with Immersion’s products. You’ll play a critical role in making science engaging for North Carolina’s next generation of scientists.

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Caroline Courter
Malpass Corner Elementary School
Pender County Schools
Mentors: Dr. Mary Keel and Dr. Robin Smith, NC DPI Region 2
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Teachers Training Teachers: Delivering Innovative Multimedia Curriculum Resources

Partnered with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) professional development consultants, Ms. Courter will join local North Carolina DPI content specialists and Kenan Fellows from across the state to help develop blended teacher training supporting effective delivery of the new Common Core and Essential Standards. Ms. Courter is tasked with supporting NCDPI’s intensive, blended professional development initiative focused on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core and Essential Standards. This opportunity puts the Kenan Fellow on the cutting edge of North Carolina’s planned implementation of these new standards for all content areas during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Jeffrey Faulkner
CW Stanford Middle School
Orange County Schools
Mentor: Jonathan Frederick, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Sponsor: NASA Flight Fellowship
Design 'Invite a Scientist' Outreach Program with the Morehead Planetarium

The Morehead Planetarium’s “Invite a Scientist” program will send up to 100 scientists into North Carolina high schools each April during the North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week celebration of science. In collaboration with NC Science Festival staff Kenan Fellow Jeffrey Faulkner will create resources for educators, scientists and students to supplement these interactions. Dr. Faulkner will develop resources for educators and training materials for scientists. As a culminating activity he will implement the program at your school in fall 2012, and evaluate the results before launching it across the state.

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Ryan Gardner
South Lenoir High School
Lenoir County Public Schools
Mentor: Phil Hodges, Metrics, Inc.
Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline, Lockheed Martin
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: STEM Careers in Eastern North Carolina

Kenan Fellow Ryan Gardner will spend five weeks working with Metrics, Inc., exploring their nationally respected work in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. Metrics offers a broad range of pharmaceutical development services in their state-of-the-art facility in Eastern North Carolina. The company can deliver one-stop development from initial formulation through final commercial production—all within the same Greenville site. Under the direction of research scientists, Mr. Gardner will learn essential skills and responsibilities to be a contributing member of the Metrics team. Immersed in a scientific research setting, he’ll work in the analytical chemistry laboratory and experience the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment. Mr. Gardner will integrate his newly acquired knowledge into engaging curriculum materials. The lessons you create will clearly articulate the many high demand pharmaceutical career possibilities awaiting students beyond high school.

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Catherine Hart
Green Hope High School
Wake County Public School System
Mentor: Dr. Julie Joslin, NC DPI
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development-ELA

Partnered with Dr. Julie Joslin, Kenan Fellow Catherine Hart will create engaging curriculum and model instructional practices for North Carolina teachers. The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year, and the curriculum Ms. Hart will create includes a module of materials that an LEA can use for on-site professional development. The project will involve capturing digital video of excellent instructional delivery of challenging concepts and creating a detailed facilitators’ guide to accompany each video. As part of creating a module, Ms. Hart will also create a schedule for implementing this training and construct a list of possible follow-up activities and resources. Working closely with her mentor, Ms. Hart will transform the way English language arts is taught in North Carolina.

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Jasmine Hart
Sanderson High School
Wake County Public School System
Mentor: Dr. Julie Joslin, NC DPI
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development-ELA

Partnered with Dr. Julie Joslin, Kenan Fellow Jasmine Hart will create engaging curriculum and model instructional practices for North Carolina teachers. The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year, and the curriculum Ms. Hart will create includes a module of materials that an LEA can use for on-site professional development. The project will involve capturing digital video of excellent instructional delivery of challenging concepts and creating a detailed facilitators’ guide to accompany each video. As part of creating a module, Ms. Hart will also create a schedule for implementing this training and construct a list of possible follow-up activities and resources. Working closely with her mentor, Ms. Hart will transform the way English language arts is taught in North Carolina.

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Shelly Henry
Sellars Gun Education Center
Alamance-Burlington School System
Mentor: Lisa Grable, FREEDM Center
Sponsor: NSF ERC FREEDM Center
Creating Innovative Renewable Energy Resource Curriculum

Ms. Henry will collaborate with the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Engineering Research Center at NC State University and The Science House to develop innovative classroom lessons supporting students’ knowledge and understanding of renewable energy. Ms. Henry will join the FREEDM Systems Center in researching the use of switching devices to monitor and control power loads and explore the "smart grid" use of energy by electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. The Fellow's studies will involve the implications to industry, society, and individuals of a grid incorporating renewable energy. Working with the FREEDM System Center’s content experts and scientists, the Fellow will translate her newfound knowledge into engaging lesson plans for use across North Carolina.

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