Through a partnership between Jones-Onslow EMC, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University, Kari Cobb, a career technology and STEM teacher at Northside High School, has been named a 2018-19 Kenan Fellow.

Cobb, who has been teaching for nine years, is among the 25 teachers from across North Carolina who were selected to participate in the 2018-19 fellowship year. Beginning in July, she will work alongside mentors and industry experts at JOEMC learning how power is generated and delivered, exploring the history of the electric cooperative model and how Jones-Onslow is innovating its services and enhancing systems to continue to meet, and exceed, the expectations of its members.

“Jones-Onslow is committed to the communities we serve and we are excited to add the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership to that community support,” said CEO Jeff Clark. “Through the program Kari will gain valuable knowledge about JOEMC and the electric utility industry while getting hands-on experiences that she can take back to the classroom and share with her students.”

Cobb will transfer this knowledge to her students by creating lessons that will help them understand how electricity is produced and delivered to cooperative members. Her lessons will also increase their awareness of various career pathways in the energy field and at the cooperative.

As part of the award, Kenan Fellows participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on project-based learning, digital learning and leadership development. Educators who complete the year-long program remain in the classroom while growing professionally as part of a statewide network of teacher leaders. Today, an elite network of more than 420 Kenan Fellows are working to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in North Carolina and beyond.