WADESBORO, N.C., (May 6, 2016) – Pee Dee Electric has named Justin Jones, a science teacher at Ansonville Elementary School, as a 2016-17 Kenan Fellow. His fellowship is made possible through a partnership between Pee Dee Electric, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at N.C. State University.
Jones has been teaching in Anson County Schools since 2014. He is among the 41 teachers from across North Carolina who have been selected to participate in the 2016-17 fellowship year through the Kenan Fellows Program.
“The excitement and dedication that Mr. Jones brings to his classroom only scratches the surface of what makes him such a fantastic selection for the Kenan Fellows program,” stated Donnie Spivey, CEO of Pee Dee Electric. “Mr. Jones strives to provide opportunities and make real-world connections for his students and we are proud that Pee Dee Electric is going to help further develop such valuable lessons.”
Beginning in June, Jones will spend three weeks alongside mentors and industry experts at Pee Dee Electric learning how power is generated and delivered, and exploring the history of the electric cooperative model and how Pee Dee is working toward a more comprehensive energy portfolio.
“The opportunity to work in an internship and have an ongoing relationship with a mentor will provide me with more perspective, knowledge, and advice to grow professionally,” Jones said. “Electricity is an important aspect of any science curriculum, and I am confident that this opportunity will cultivate a wealth of deeper understanding, personal experience, and ideas to create memorable and lasting lessons for my students.”
Educators who complete the year-long program remain in the classroom while growing professionally as part of a statewide network of teacher leaders. As part of the fellowship, Kenan Fellows also receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on project-based learning, digital learning and leadership development. Today, an elite network of more than 350 Kenan Fellows are working to improve STEM education in North Carolina and beyond.
“The program’s focus on real-world professional learning shows educators what STEM looks like in practice, provides knowledge of local career opportunities available to students, and strengthens collaboration with industry to build deeper connections to the community,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program.
About Pee Dee Electric: Pee Dee Electric is a not-for-profit cooperative whose goal is to provide reliable, dependable electric service for its members while focusing on value, quality customer service, and enhancing life in the communities we serve. Pee Dee’s service area consists of Anson, Richmond, Union, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, and Scotland counties. For more information about Pee Dee Electric, please visit www.pdemc.com.