Professional Development Faculty

The Kenan Fellows Program offers tailored professional development to its current cohort of Kenan Fellows. This is made possible through the support of a faculty of educators from the Kenan Fellows Program alumni network. The following is a list of Fellows who serve on the 2021-22 committee.

Beth Campbell has 20 years of experience as an educator. She has taught kindergarten and 5th grade, middle school math and science, and is currently teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school level. She was a 2016-17 Keenan Fellow and is Nationally Board Certified. Her areas of focus include experiential learning, Restorative Practices, and relevant use of digital resources.

Paul Cancellieri, a 2011-12 Kenan Fellow, started his professional career as a marine biologist before recognizing a passion for teaching. He has spent more than 13 years teaching science and supporting colleagues with educational technology training. In 2013-14, Paul undertook a sabbatical, working for NCCAT and leading a Data Literacy program across the state.

Linda Dion is a 2017-18 Kenan Fellow, teaches science at Holly Springs High School in Wake County. She is also part of the AP Capstone program as an AP Seminar teacher. She believes in the power of servant leadership and relationships in pursuing open dialogue and growth in her learning community.

Alphonso Donaldson is a high school English teacher in his fifth year at Durham School of the Arts in Durham Public Schools. He is a 2019-2020 Kenan Fellow whose project focused on diversity and equity in teacher leadership. Mr. Donaldson’s commitment to equity in education has been critical to his professional development and his work in public schools to found equity teams for students and staff.   

Shannon Bowman, a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow, is a veteran teacher who has taught grades 3-8 and is passionate about meeting the needs of students through SEL and Restorative Justice approaches. Her fellowship project was titled Using Statistics to Solve Authentic Problems. Her mentor was Dr. David Banks, director of SAMSI.

W. Keith Burgess, a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow, teaches middle school science at Druid Hills Academy. In 2020, he received the Visiting Doctoral Student Fellowship from the University of Vermont. Currently, he working on his PhD in Urban Education at UNC-Charlotte, where his primary research focuses on STEM enrichment for urban middle grades students. He is also a 2021 recipient of the Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Amanda Clapp, a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow, teaches middle grades science at the Catamount School, Western Carolina University’s laboratory school. She is currently completing a second master’s in STEM Education at WCU, and is a 2021 recipient of the Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Dr. Jamie Lathan is a secondary social studies teacher who received his Ph.D. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. A National Board Certified teacher, he has worked with high school students of diverse abilities and backgrounds during his nearly 20-year career. He is a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow and currently serves as an Instructor of Humanities and the Dean of Distance Education and Extended Programs at the NC School of Science and Mathematics. 

Karen McPherson, a 2012-13 Kenan Fellow, has been teaching since 2003 and is currently Curriculum & Instructional Management Coordinator with Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. She has received numerous awards including 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for Camden County High School and District Teacher of the Year for Camden County Schools.

Sheronica Braswell Sharp is a former middle grades math and social studies teacher.  She is currently a digital literacy coach in Wilson County Schools, and is a 2019 Kenan Fellow, 2020 #IamCS Ambassador and a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome PRISM grant.