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 2020-21 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.   

Erin Fisher is a 2013-14 Kenan Fellow. She taught science at the middle and high school level for nine years in Wake County prior to taking a break to raise her new baby. She is passionate about creating an authentic learning environment in her classroom, to bridge the gap between what happens in schools and the “real world.” 

Carrie Horton is a Project Based Learning Instructional Coach at the North Wake College and Career Academy. Her last 10 years in the classroom were devoted to implementing high quality project based learning, and she was recognized as a Project Based Learning Exemplar Teacher by the New Tech Network in 2009. She was a 2012-13 Kenan Fellow and earned her National Board Certification in 2013.

From 2008-2016 Vance Kite worked as a science educator, in Florida and North Carolina. In 2016, he entered the PhD in STEM Education program as a full-time student at NC State. Vance was a 2012-13 Kenan Fellow, is National Board Certified, and won the NC State Provost Scholar-Leader Fellowship. His classroom was twice recognized on the front page of the News and Observer and he has published work on a variety of topics in NSTA’s The Science Teacher, TED-ED, and EdNC.org.

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.

Allison Redden, a 2013-14 Kenan Fellow, works as an education research analyst with RTI International’s Center for Education Services (CES). A former public school educator in the Triangle, Allison participated in several teacher leadership programs in North Carolina, including the Education Policy Fellowship Program. She is interested in engaging in conversations and actions to advance equity, while navigating the intersections of education, economics, and policy.