Celebrating North Carolina’s Exemplary Teachers

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Saturday, May 4, 2013, nearly 100 teachers from across North Carolina gathered at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus to be recognized for their exceptional achievements in public education.

The Kenan Fellows Program honored 43 graduating teachers and welcomed 49 new Fellows. Kenan Fellows are K-12 North Carolina public school teachers who apply to the program via a competitive process. The paid year-long fellowship provides the teachers with training, research and resources to help them better prepare students to succeed in college and careers.

As part of the program, Fellows work in a real-world setting with a research mentor to develop curriculum that reflects how math and science are applied in higher education and business. The experience positions teachers to serve as leaders in North Carolina schools and communities.

Teachers who are chosen to participate in the Kenan Fellows Program hail from every region of the state and represent a diverse group of educators from rural and urban districts. Incoming 2013-14 Fellows, were introduced to the program during an orientation.

The new Fellows received tablets furnished by Lenovo, the technology sponsor for the Kenan Fellows Program.

Catalysts for Change

Following orientation, was a celebration, “Catalysts for Change,” a reception and dinner honoring new and graduating Fellows as well as Kenan Fellows Program supporters.

The event’s featured speaker was Marshall Brain, founder of HowStuffWorks, the award-winning source of easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.

The Kenan Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at N.C. State University.

*Pictured Becky Westbrooks, Natural and Social Sciences Faculty Chair, at Southeastern Community College, talks with her Fellow, Jennifer Spivey of Columbus County during orientation.

To see more pictures from the event, visit the Kenan Fellows Program on Facebook.

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