06/05/08 — County educators named to Kenan Fellows Class of 2010

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County educators named to Kenan Fellows Class of 2010

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on June 5, 2008 1:45 PM

Two Wayne County Public School educators have been named to the Class of 2010 Kenan Fellows.

Susan Randolph, an engineering and science teacher at Wayne School of Engineering, and Amanda Warren, a science teacher at Wayne Early/Middle College High School, were selected by the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at North Carolina State University.

Ms. Randolph's project is entitled "Applied Aquatic Ecology." Ms. Warren's project is entitled "Applied Aquatic Ecology: Life in the Neuse."

The program is an innovative model to promote teacher leadership, address teacher retention and advance K-12 science, technology and mathematics education.

Ms. Warren and Ms. Randolph will engage in a two-year fellowship in partnership with the New Schools Project to develop innovative curricula for use in North Carolina classrooms.

The two teachers will collaborate with the state Department of Public Instruction in the development and distribution of curricular resources statewide, work closely with their mentor in developing their projects, participate in research to develop inquiry-guided instruction to be used in the classroom, talk with state leaders at events that encourage professional development, train to be a teacher leader and present findings at state and national conferences.

The Class of 2010 is the first in the program's statewide expansion effort.

Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of schools, expressed pride in the educators' earning the innovative fellowship.

"We are excited that Wayne County Public Schools' teachers can help work with the state to help advance the areas of math, science, and technology in our schools," he said.

"Ms. Warren and Ms. Randolph will not only be able to integrate the knowledge and strategies developed through this fellowship in their own classrooms, but they will also be a valuable staff development resource for our teachers across the district."