The American Nuclear Society is collaborating with the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership (KFP) at North Carolina State University to introduce a nuclear science curriculum to Kenan Fellows and the K-12 students they teach.
The KFP invests in teachers to serve as bridges between schools and industries through industry-based professional development for educators. These educators get exposure to industries in North Carolina and become familiar with their needs for an informed and prepared workforce.
“My exposure to the Kenan Fellows program reminds me of a lived experience from my life”, said N.C. State alumnus and ANS member Steve Rea. “Back in the day, I went through Goldsboro High School’s science track. Dr. Joe Mitchener was the chemistry teacher. There was a group of science nerds that attended his Chemistry I class. That class was so enlightening and well received by those students that they called for a Chemistry II class to be taught. Dr. Mitchener agreed to putting the extra work in to create a Chemistry II class. There were eight students in the Chemistry II class. All eight went on to engineering schools. Seven of those eight enrolled in the N.C. State College of Engineering. That is the kind of impact I believe STEM-inspired Kenan Fellows can have on young learners.”