Four County Electric Membership Corporation to Host Kenan Fellow

Rebecca Brown, a science and social studies teacher at Chinquapin Elementary School in Duplin County, has been named a 2017-18 Kenan Fellow through a partnership between Four County Electric Membership Corporation, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University.

Brown will be the fifth Kenan Fellow to work directly with a North Carolina electric cooperative.

“The program’s focus on real-world professional learning shows educators what the science and math they teach in the classroom looks like in practice,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program. “It also provides educators with knowledge of local career opportunities available to students, and strengthens collaboration with industry. This is especially important in rural communities.”

Brown has taught in Duplin County Schools since 2014. Beginning in June, she will work alongside Four County EMC employees learning how power is generated and delivered, as well as exploring the history of the electric co-op model and how Four County is innovating its services and enhancing systems based on member expectations.

Kenan Fellow Rebecca Brown

“Our youth are our future, and that’s why Four County EMC is committed to providing educational opportunities for teachers and students,” said Four County EMC CEO Mitchell Keel. “We continue our commitment to build strong communities and schools by donating time and funding to programs such as the Kenan Fellowship. We strive to make an educational difference in the communities in which we live and work.”

Brown will transfer this knowledge to her students by creating lessons that will help them understand how electricity is produced and delivered to cooperative members. As part of the award, Kenan Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on project-based learning, digital learning and leadership development.

“With the support of industry leaders such as the Four County EMC and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, we are able to reach more students in locations across the state,” Franklin said.