Two Kenan Fellows have been awarded Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowships for 2012-13. Rebecca Hite (Class of 2010) and Sam Wheeler (Class of 2004) are among a group of 19 teachers who were named as Einstein fellows.
Ms. Hite and Mr. Wheeler were among 19 fellows selected from a pool of 200 applicants. Einstein fellows spend a school year in the Washington, DC metro area serving in a federal agency or a congressional office. The fellows provide insight and a classroom perspective to policy makers and program managers developing or managing education programs.
Mr. Wheeler, a high school science teacher, will serve in the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists with the Department of Energy’s Office of Science under the guidance of Dr. Pat Dehmer.
Ms. Hite is a graduate of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program who is currently a facilitator for the program. She will serve as a Congressional Fellow sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
The Einstein Fellowship Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education and participating host agencies. The Fellows help to increase understanding, communication and cooperation between the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education community and the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government.
The Kenan Fellows Program staff offers its congratulations to Mr. Wheeler and Ms. Hite on this prestigious achievement.