Over the past year the Fellows have been developing their leadership skills. They have been making a difference in their classrooms, schools, districts, across the state and even nationally. Here are but a few examples of what the current cohort of Fellows have accomplished recently.
JoAnn Blumenfeld is leading in many ways:
- Biogen Foundation funded the Catalyst Program again next year!
- I won KNEX in Classroom High School Contest and will get $1000 of KNEX.
- The Governor came to visit my kids and spent an hour with us learning about our invention and the kids advocated for change in NC in STEM Education for students with disabilities.
- I was selected for National Endowment for Humanities Scholar for the program on Innovation and Invention in Detroit this summer, which should be fun.
- My Catalyst Team will present at MIT in June as one of the top 15 Team in USA and the first ever with all students with disabilities. They invented a mat that screens for lameness in Cows with an App for Farmers. Follow us on Facebook at: Catalyst Inventeam. Our pictures are there too with the Governor.
Megan Ennes: Megan will be traveling to do research in Australia this summer through NSF's Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide. She will be at the University of Newcastle doing some work on student STEM interest and access as well as out of school science experiences.
Teresa Fulk: Teresa is the advisor for the Energy Wise team at Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary School. The MBSE Energy Team has been named the North Carolina Elementary Energy Team of the Year and the National Outstanding School Energy Efficiency Program. As a result of being named the National Outstanding School Energy Efficiency Program MBSE has been invited to the national awards program which will take place in Washington, DC June 23rd-26th.
Jess K Miller: Jess graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Graduate Certificate in School Administration and will be the Founding Principal of Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School in East Spencer, NC.
Brad Rhew: Named as one of the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers (CASMT) recipients. The CASMT provides leadership and professional development support for excellent mathematics and science teachers in North Carolina public schools.