Amanda Clapp

Amanda Clapp works with Catamount School students in an outdoor planting project.

Amanda Clapp, a Sylva resident and teacher at the Catamount School, has been named a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow.

Clapp’s fellowship is supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and she will collaborate with Teresa Mallonee of Tek Tone Sound and Signal for a project titled WNC STEMwork. She is one of six Western North Carolina educators who will make connections between their classrooms and authentic STEM practices in the workplace. The teachers, known as WNC STEMwork Kenan Fellows, are part of the 2019-20 cohort of Kenan Fellows.

Starting in June, the teachers will participate in three-week internships with local businesses and industries in WNC. They will immerse themselves in the following Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields: intercommunications, textiles, power management, agriculture, aviation and manufacturing.

Over the course of the Fellowship, the WNC STEMwork Fellows will work together to develop a deeper understanding of the industries located throughout WNC, their workforce needs, and how K-12 educators can make relevant connections for their students.

They will gain expertise in developing and conducting Project Based Learning units that can bridge STEM in school with STEM at work. Next summer, the teachers will become trained facilitators for the STEMwork Professional Development Institute, a blended learning program designed by the Kenan Fellows Program to scale workforce education across a region.

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.