ASHEBORO, N.C. – Mindy Thornlow, a science teacher at Trinity High School with Randolph County Schools, has been named a 2022-23 Kenan Fellow. Her fellowship was made possible through a partnership between Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University.
Thornlow, who has been teaching for 15 years, is among 24 teachers from across North Carolina who have been selected to participate in the 2022-23 fellowship year. Beginning in June, she will work with mentors and industry experts at Randolph EMC, explore the history of the electric cooperative model, learn how power is generated and delivered, and immerse herself in new technologies and advanced systems that exceed member expectations.
Thornlow will transfer this knowledge to her students by creating lessons that will help them understand how electricity is produced and delivered to cooperative members. Her lessons will also increase their awareness of various career pathways in the energy field and at electric cooperatives.
“We are proud to offer this fellowship to outstanding local educator, Mindy Thornlow,” said Nicole Arnold, Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Randolph EMC. “Partnering with Kenan Fellows is yet another example of our commitment to the community. With Mindy’s help, we look forward to introducing young minds to the evolving electric grid and potential STEM-oriented job opportunities that could impact their future.”
As a part of the award, Kenan Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on project-based learning, digital learning, and leadership development. Educators remain in the classroom while completing the fellowship. Today, more than 500 Kenan Fellows are working to improve workforce education in North Carolina and beyond.
“Thanks to the support of industry leaders such as Randolph EMC and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, we are able to empower more teachers to ignite students’ passion for STEM in more locations across the state,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. “Their support also allows us to provide educators with knowledge of local career opportunities available to students and strengthens collaboration with industry. This is especially important in underserved areas of the state.”
About Randolph EMC: A community-focused electric cooperative, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation was created to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to nearly 33,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. Randolph EMC is led by and belongs to member-consumers in areas of Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham and Alamance counties. Visit randolphemc.com to learn more.
About North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives: Inspired by innovation and driven by service, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are building a brighter future for 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. For more information, visit ncelectriccooperatives.com.