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Three DPS Teachers Named Kenan Fellows

Kenan Fellows Program logo Three Durham Public Schools teachers have been awarded prestigious 2019–20 fellowships from the Kenan Fellows Program at North Carolina State University. The teachers are among 27 North Carolina teachers who were selected from a competitive pool of 85 statewide applicants.

  • Alphonso Donaldson of Durham School of the Arts is supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and will partner with Ronda Bullock of we are, Stephanie Helms Pickett of NCSU, and Alfred Mays of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for a project entitled Diversity in Leadership
  • Summer Hill of Brogden Middle School is supported by GSK and will partner with Patricia Gilmore and Merritt Atkins of Holt Brothers Construction for a project entitled Building Community with the Holt Brothers.  
  • Kathleen Janes of E.K. Powe Elementary School is supported by GSK and will partner with Chelsea Berg and Kelly Witter of the EPA for a project entitled Sparking Student Curiosity.   

The Kenan Fellows Program, established in 2000 as a K–12 education initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at NCSU, addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators, and is the largest (science, technology, engineering and math) STEM-focused teacher fellowship in North Carolina. 

While remaining in the classroom, Kenan Fellows use knowledge and tools gained during the fellowship to develop innovative educational resources and programs for their schools, districts and the boarder educational community.  A summer internship of at least three weeks is the centerpiece of the program and is supported by 80 hours of professional development that focuses on building leadership capacity; and instructional strategies for integrating data literacy, digital learning and project-based learning.