web 5Welcome to my blog for the Kenan Fellows Program. As a 2016-2017 Kenan Fellow, I will be using this site to provide updates about my fellowship, as well as highlights from my summer internship with Pee Dee Electric in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

I received my degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and after nine years’ work in the biomedical industry, I began my current position as a fourth and fifth grade science teacher at Ansonville Elementary School in Anson County, North Carolina in 2013.

I firmly believe that science classes at all grade levels should provide students with memorable experiences. While books and videos can be valuable resources, the best way for students to truly understand scientific concepts is, as we often say in class, by “doing science.” As a result I strive to create science classes for my students filled with exciting demonstrations, lab activities, and project-based learning. This approach not only excites students about science class and  shows them that learning can be fun; but it also teaches them problem-solving, analytical, design, and communication skills that will help prepare them for success both academically and in their future careers. My class website www.epicscience.net provides lesson notes and presentations and a variety of other resources that I use in my science classes, as well as videos and photo galleries of many of our science lessons, demonstrations, and class activities.

I am excited to have been selected as a Kenan Fellow, and I look forward to the opportunities that this program will provide me to take new knowledge, ideas, and experiences into my classroom for my students. As part of the program, I will be participating in a summer internship, Providing Energy Through Synergy, with Pee Dee Electric and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. This internship will provide me with the opportunity to see and participate in real-world application of concepts from our science curriculum such as electrical energy, energy conservation, and renewable energy sources; as well as engineering, GIS, mapping, accounting, and other roles and responsibilities that are needed to deliver electricity as an end product to homes and businesses.

Subscribe to my class YouTube channel to see videos of our science activities and to receive notifications when new content is added. You can also follow me on Twitter @epicsciece1 to see more from my Kenan Fellowship and my science classes.