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Halifax County Schools teacher Dawn Stokes, has been selected to participate in the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. 

Established in 2000 as a K-12 education initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University, this program provides teachers with work-based professional learning experiences that help them to build education industry partnerships in their local communities.

“I am honored to be Halifax County's first Kenan Fellow. I look forward to learning from Roanoke Electric and imparting that knowledge to my students,” said Stokes, a science teacher at Enfield Middle STEAM Academy. 

Stokes will participate in a summer internship of at least three weeks as a Kenan fellow at Roanoke Electric. 

This will provide her with valuable knowledge and tools that will help her develop innovative educational resources and programs for her school, district, and the broader community, the school system said. In addition, she will receive 80 hours of professional development focused on building leadership skills and improving her practice.

"I am thrilled that Mrs. Stokes has been selected for the Kenan Fellows Program,” Superintendent Eric Cunningham said. “She is a dedicated educator who always seeks

opportunities to improve her teaching skills and provide her students with the best learning experience. I believe that she will excel in this program and bring back valuable knowledge and insights to share with our school community.” 

Throughout her yearlong fellowship, Stokes will remain in the classroom while gaining the skills and knowledge she needs to help her students to explore and access regional career pathways.