Teacher awarded fellowship
BY AMELIA HARPER
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.”