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I have always been a reflective teacher with a focus on challenging students to think outside the box and develop critical thinking skills. The Kenan Fellows Program has brought these qualities out even more as I am finding that I … Continue reading

CHINA ─ 2015-16 Kenan Fellow Evelyn Baldwin, a science teacher at Wake STEM Early College High School, spent a week teaching at the Suzhou North America High School in Suzhou, China. Her visit is part of the two-year $1.5 million … Continue reading

I began this school year feeling more prepared and inspired than ever, a feeling which I owe to my experience as a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow. Over the course of a summer, I connected with outstanding educators across the state, learned … Continue reading

GREENSBORO ─ A group of sixth-grade students from Exploris Middle School became the instructors during a session at the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in October. The five students led the 90-minute professional development workshop along with … Continue reading

The theme for my classroom this school year is Underwood Laboratories (UL). It is always important for me to make the room look exciting, bright, cheerful and safe. As the students entered the classroom on the first day of school, … Continue reading

SNOW HILL, N.C. ─ Students in Jennifer Walmsley’s STEM lab at Greene County Middle School learn by doing. They use computer programs to create drawings etched by a Z-Mill. They rely on reasoning skills to maneuver a robotic arm and … Continue reading

FAYETTEVILLE — The Kenan Fellows Program held its first Professional Advancement Symposium on July 30-31, 2015 at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville. The two-day event was attended by more than 75 educators from across the Sandhills and Cape Fear regions. … Continue reading

BEULAVILLE – When I learned I was going to be interning at the National Spinning Company, I thought about the ways I was going to bring what I learned back to my classroom. A few days into the internship, I … Continue reading

This year, I traded in my teacher summer vacation for a trip into the world of agricultural education. For five weeks, I interned at Bayer CropScience as a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow. From the beginning of my internship, I found numerous … Continue reading

TARBORO ─ Riverside High School science teacher Leigh Ann Hudson often tells her students, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This summer, Hudson lived her life at the end of her comfort zone as an intern with … Continue reading

Kenan Fellow Jeff Milbourne has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for grades seven through 12. Milbourne is one of two North Carolina teachers to receive the honor. In all, 108 teachers in the … Continue reading

CULLOWHEE ─ The 2015-16 cohort of Kenan Fellows completed their first Professional Advancement Institute on June 22-26 at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Western North Carolina. Forty-two K-12 teachers from more than a dozen school districts … Continue reading

GRAY’S CREEK – The Local Foods Movement is an old idea that has been getting a “reboot” in the last decade. There are many government agencies and non-profit organizations that are promoting local food production. Farmers are working diligently to … Continue reading

2013-14 Kenan Fellow  LaTanya Pattillo and her mentor, Lee Clark-Sellers of Ply Gem, helped connect business students at East Columbus High School with management students at N.C. State University.  The high school students in Pattillo’s Innovation, Research, and Development (iRad) class at … Continue reading

FOREST CITY, N.C. – Heather Roof, a 2014-15 Kenan Fellow, helped to launch the first robotics club at Chase Middle School in Rutherford County Schools. Roof, who teaches seventh-grade science at Chase Middle in Forest City, won a $5,000 grant … Continue reading