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Westover High School Teacher Receives State Recognition

May 10, 2024

Westover High School teacher Julia Little has been honored with the prestigious distinction of being named a 2024-25 Kenan Fellow. This recognition, announced on National Teacher Appreciation Day and supported by The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, highlights her dedication to advancing clean energy education and workforce development in North Carolina.

The Kenan Fellowship, administered by the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, is a highly admired opportunity for educators across the state. Little was selected as one of only 38 fellows statewide.

Honorees will spend three weeks collaborating with local experts in STEM fields including agriculture, scientific research and clean energy. They will also receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on innovative teaching, building leadership capacity, and strengthening connections between their schools and the local community.

When asked about what this fellowship means to her, Little gave the following response, "The Kenan Fellowship represents an opportunity to build a multi-year cadre of teachers from North Carolina's highest quality professional development program. I want to better ignite student curiosity, build our next generation science standards through the science and engineering practices, and help develop our future renewable energy workforce."

To learn more about the Kenan Fellows Program, visit