SNOW HILL, NC – (WNCT) Greene County Middle School’s Jennifer Walmsley is WNCT’s STEM Teacher of the Month.
Right now her classroom is empty; she’s getting a new stem lab by the end of the week. That hasn’t stopped her from getting ready for the new school year.
“I haven’t had a summer vacation in the normal sense; you hear talk about teachers get the summers off it’s wonderful. I did a 5 week internship,” said Walmsley.
Walmsley was selected as a Kenan Fellow, where she spent her summer collaborating with other teachers, university researchers and local industry experts to spur the next generation of great thinkers, leaders and inventors. Walmsley explains, “the Kenan Fellows Program is 40 educators who are all go getters and they’re all those who want to find the best and they want to bring the best back to their schools.”
Through the program, Walmsley learned about resources available at Lenoir Community College that she can use in her classroom. “I was amazed at Lenoir Community College, the programs that are offered. Aviation, I had no idea, I knew there was an airport that had been shut down, but I got to get in the simulator and everything and I did a decent job landing my plane, said Walmsley.
Walmsley says she will use those resources to help her students plan their future. She was able to learn about careers in robotics and massage therapy that are offered through the community college and will work to incorporate those skills in her into her lesson plans.