Two teachers named Kenan Fellows

May. 10, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Two Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers have been selected to be 2014-15 Kenan Fellows.
Kelly Sears of Smith Middle School and Allison Stewart of Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe are among the 51 public school teachers selected from across the state to lead in innovative teaching practices.
Stewart is supported by the N.C. Space Grant and will partner with Marissa Hartzler and Jonathan Frederick of the Morehead Planetarium on “The First in Flight Challenge” to “design a series of activities for public libraries and middle schools themed around the science of flight.”
Sears is supported by Dr. Fred Gould and will partner with him and Dr. Jennifer Kuzma of N.C. State University on “The Genetics of Pest Control” to “investigate the ecology and genetics of insect pests in order to better understand how genetic engineering is being used to decrease malaria, dengue, and crop losses.”
The fellowship will allow educators to stay in the classroom while they complete the year-long program.
They will spend five weeks this summer shadowing and learning from local experts in renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and STEM disciplines then use that experience to create and implement classroom resources designed to elevate student learning.
Kenan Fellows are selected following an application and interview process. Fellows receive a tablet donated by Lenovo, leadership training, professional development and a stipend and become part of a statewide network of more than 300 Fellows.
A multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is helping fund eight Kenan Master Teaching Fellows in the Fort Bragg region.
The new Kenan Master Teachers join part of an ongoing effort to engage in a variety of leadership activities in their home districts including assisting in the preparation of new teachers.
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