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Class of 2012 Kenan Fellows Announced

After a competitive application and interview process, Kenan Fellows for the Class of 2012 have been selected.

Later this month, the cohort will join their Mentors for an introductory meeting, planning session and dinner. Watch this website for a group photo of these amazing teachers and their remarkable mentors as they begin their journey together.

With this group of Fellows, we continue to expand our presence in North Carolina. These new Fellows include a large contingent from the eleven counties surrounding Fort Bragg. We are excited at the prospect of working with Fellows and Mentors from this region, and all Fellows from across the state.

Our new class of Fellows will direct a wide range of projects. Project titles include:

  • Biotech Drug Innovation
  • Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing
  • DNA Explorations with Forensic Science
  • Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanoengineering Outreach Program

These projects are representative of the scientific research going on in North Carolina now. Mentors for the Fellows come from university research labs, community colleges and innovative industries.

For a complete list of partners and sponsors that support all of the Kenan Fellows, please visit the “View our Sponsors” link on our website. The next time you have a chance, be sure to thank them for their continued support for the Program. None of this would be possible without their leadership and commitment of resources.

We present to you the Class of 2012 Kenan Fellows! Please join us in congratulating this outstanding group of teachers.

Kenan Fellows Program Receives Award

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) has announced the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development is the recipient of its Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

This award recognizes North Carolina organizations whose innovative partnership supports the advancement of science, mathematics, and technology education.

The Kenan Fellows Program is a competitive fellowship offered to K-12 public school teachers from across disciplines. It taps into the wealth of statewide university and corporate experts to provide research experiences for teachers. Fellows partner with scientists to learn about important developments and to gain an understanding of the significance of current research practice for students, and are prepared to serve as expert coaches and/or mentors within a school district. The Kenan Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University.

Each year, the SMT Center offers awards to individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center. The Kenan Fellows Program will be honored in April at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

Kenan Fellows in the News

Matt Sears

Matt Sears (Class of 2008), a mathematics teacher at Hillside New Tech High School, is one of five North Carolina teachers to win the prestigious Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The $175,000 award provides career support for outstanding NC Math and Science teachers.

In addition to being a Kenan Fellow, Matt was 2008 Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year and spent a year teaching in India as part of the Fulbright Exchange teacher program. Read the full story in this report from WRAL.

Jodi Riedel portrait

Jodi Riedel (Class of 2008) has been named Environmental Educator of the Year by the NC Wildlife Federation. Jodi spent two years as a Kenan Fellow developing a forestry curriculum, which she has taught to more than 700 students. See this announcement on the WRAL website for details.

Kishia Moore portrait

Kishia Moore (Class of 2011), a first grade teacher at Greenlee Primary School in Mitchell County, was featured in an online article by Learn NC. Ms. Moore shared some of the strategies she uses to bring inquiry-based instruction into the elementary classroom. Read the full story here.

Celia Rowland portrait

Jennifer Li, a student of Celia Rowland (Class of 2010), Celia Rowland won 1st place in the Biology Division of the North Carolina Central Regional Science Fair. Ms. Rowland shared data analysis techniques from her Kenan Fellowship with her AP Statistics class last year. Jennifer states, “This was extremely beneficial to my research project (which was about how the “Sensitivity of Human Glioblastoma Cellsto Temozolomide is Mediated by Glutathione S-transferase P1″).” Both student and Fellow are at Enloe High School in Raleigh.

Harold Mackin portrait

Harold Mackin (Class of 2010) has accepted the position of Education Consultant for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Connecticut Department of Education. Harold has long been a leader in Agricultural and Natural Resources education in the state of Washington.