Kennedy named Einstein Fellow

Clinton High School’s Engineering Design and Robotics teacher Susan Kennedy has been selected for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) program, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

Einstein Fellows are selected through a rigorous application and interview process from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants.

The fellowship is an 11-month appointment in Washington, D.C., starting Sept. 1. As a fellow, Kennedy will serve at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), providing the agency with practical classroom insight to inform the development and implementation of education programs and policies, especially those related STEM education.

The AEF Program is a paid fellowship for K-12 STEM educators with demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership that was founded in 1990. Fellowships aim to increase understanding, communication, and cooperation among the legislative and executive branches of the government and the STEM education community.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act, authorized by Congress in 1994, gave the DOE federal responsibility for the program. The Triangle Coalition for STEM Education administers the program for the DOE Office of Science in partnership with the other participating federal agencies.

For the 2015-2016 fellowship year, there are 11 fellows serving in the Congressional Offices sponsored by DOE, National Science Foundation and NASA.

Kennedy is a nationally board certified veteran teacher with 13 years’ experience between Wake County and Clinton City Schools. She has been active at the local, state and national levels in curriculum development in the STEM area and with the Technology Student Association. Susan is the daughter of Ken and Thomasine Kennedy of Chinquapin, and obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University.