RALEIGH — The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership (KFP) at NC State University is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Merck Foundation to grow and sustain its environmental education professional development programs in the Triangle area.
This is the second year that the Merck Foundation has supported the KFP in its efforts to impact educators and their students by offering professional learning opportunities that focus on sustainability initiatives across the state. Last year, a cohort of 25 educators from Durham Public Schools (DPS) completed a cross-curricular professional development series on food and the environment.
This year’s program includes 21 educators from DPS, Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS), and Orange County Schools. The 2022 Mountain to the Sea Scholars will spend a semester completing a series of in-person and online professional development sessions facilitated by Linda Dion, who teaches in Wake County and Robin Bulleri, an educator in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Both Dion and Bulleri are KFP alumni.
The workshops include a series of site visits that will allow the Scholars to learn first-hand from field experts on a variety of water conservation issues affecting North Carolina from wetland restoration in the mountains to aquaculture on the coast. KFP has partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Jordan Lake Dam, the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Conserving Carolina and the NC Carolina Coastal Federation to provide interactive learning experiences that the Scholars will translate into relevant lessons to use in their classrooms and share with other educators. The Scholars will receive a $100 stipend upon completion of the program. Scholars are listed by school district below.
2022 Mountains to the Sea Scholars
|Durham Public Schools||Orange County Schools||Wake County Public School System|
|Amy Beebe, Mangum|
Elementary SchoolLena Deskins, Sandy Ridge Elementary School (Kenan Fellow alum)Keegan Heron, Jordan High School
Deniseca Holloway, Spring Valley Elementary School
Paige Holt, Jordan High School
Yetta Williams, Spring Valley Elementary School (Kenan Fellow)
Orange High School (Kenan Fellow alum)
Samantha Aycock, Timber Drive Elementary School
Cristina Baldyga, Mills Park Middle School
Alexandra Boyd, Apex Friendship High School (Kenan Fellow alum)
Tamitha Brown, Southeast Raleigh Elementary School
Megan Foster, Timber Drive Elementary School
Alyssa Gasperini, Wakefield Middle School
Angie Headley, A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School
Chelsea L’Heureux, A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School
Whitney Masterson, Panther Creek High School (Kenan Fellows alum)
Danielle McCaslin, Mills Park Middle School (Kenan Fellow alum)
Charnice Newkirk, Southeast Raleigh High School
Chad Oakley, Panther Creek High School
Lottie Peppers, Apex Friendship High School
Kimberly Perry-Sanderlin, Wakefield Middle School (Kenan Fellow alum)