When Stephanie Titzel ’13M applied for the Kenan Fellowship Program for Teacher Leadership, she saw it as an opportunity to grow as an educator and to learn new ways to make science fun for her students.
For two weeks this summer, she worked with scientists with UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, learning about cutting-edge research that is helping to advance aquaculture in NC.
"The Kenan Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for teachers to explore real science and STEM-related careers, and apply that to their classrooms," Titzel said. "I think knowing what scientists do on a daily basis is really cool to talk to kids about. I believe in a hands-on, student-centered classroom, and this project will help me to actively engage all students. I also have a personal passion for getting girls more involved in the sciences. I would like to see them thrive and feel successful in a science field."
Titzel, an eighth grade science teacher at Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington, was selected for the fellowship’s project called "Surf and Turf: Oysters, Finfish and Horticultural Research," sponsored by the New Hanover County Farm Bureau. She will create lessons that will expand the Farm Bureau’s existing "Ag in the Classroom" curriculum, which helps students understand the various career pathways in the field of agriculture.
The fellowship addresses the need for high-quality professional development for education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Titzel is among the 41 North Carolina educators selected for this year’s fellowship.