Teacher awarded fellowship

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Sheronica Sharp


Staff Writer

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A lo­cal teacher has been named as a 2019-20 Kenan Fel­low.

Sheron­ica Sharp, dig­i­tal lit­er­acy coach at Coker-Wim­berly Ele­men­tary School, is one of 27 North Carolina teach­ers who was se­lected from a com­pet­i­tive pool of 85 statewide ap­pli­cants for a pres­ti­gious Ke­nan Fel­low­ship award of­fered through the Ke­nan Fel­lows Pro­gram for Teacher Lead­er­ship.

The Ke­nan Fel­lows Pro­gram, es­tab­lished in 2000 as a K-12 ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive of the Ke­nan In­sti­tute for Engi­neer­ing, Tech­nol­ogy & Science at N.C. State Univer­sity, ad­dresses the crit­i­cal need for high-qual­ity pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for ed­u­ca­tors and is the largest STEM-fo­cused teacher fel­low­ship in North Carolina, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Edge­combe County Public Schools.

While re­main­ing in the class­room, Ke­nan Fel­lows use knowl­edge and tools gained dur­ing the year-long fel­low­ship to de­velop in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional re­sources and pro­grams for their schools, dis­tricts and the broader 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, the press re­lease said.

In ad­di­tion, Ke­nan Fel­lows re­ceive a $5,000 stipend for their work, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the Fel­lows Pro­gram at N.C. State Univer­sity.

Sharp’s fel­low­ship is sup­ported by the Ke­nan In­sti­tute for Engi­neer­ing, the Tech­nol­ogy & Science Board of Trus­tees and the Ke­nan Fel­lows Pro­gram Board of Ad­vi­sors. She will part­ner with David Catt, Batt Master­son and Con­nie Hunt of Kei­hin Carolina Sys­tem Tech­nol­ogy LLC for a project ­ti­tled “Phail Wynn Ke­nan Fel­low­ship: STEM Con­nec­tions.”