DOBSON ─Stated with electricial allusions, J. Sam Gentry Middle School teacher Jamie Mosley’s summer internship will allow her to jolt students’ current understanding of electricity to a higher level.
According to Public Information Specialist Adam Martin, Mosley recently completed five weeks of her summer shadowing electric linemen and learning from electric utility experts at Surry-Yadkin EMC, the Touchstone Energy cooperative based in Dobson.
Mosley was selected for her internship through a partnership between the Kenan Fellows Program and Surry-Yadkin EMC. Teachers are selected for the one-year fellowship program after a competitive application process. The key component of the program is the five-week internship with a mentor in industry or academia.
Martin explained Mosley took a peek into the inner workings of the local electric co-op as part of The Kenan Fellows Program initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science. She gained a variety of practical experience including riding in a bucket truck, hanging a transformer and setting a power pole. Mosley also toured three power plants, including the Catawba Nuclear Plant, and traveled to Raleigh-based North Carolina EMC, the power supplier for most of the state’s electric co-ops, to learn about how electricity is distributed.
Mosley plans to convert this experience into new teaching strategies that she will use in her classroom and share with other teachers. She praised the cooperation cooperative members had shown her.
“I had no clue what occurred on the other side of the wall. I can engage my students from the knowledge that I have obtained through this internship in so many ways,” Mosley said. “I want to make a real world connection for our kids. I will focus on the generation, transmission, distribution, and delivery of energy to the student’s home. I want them to come in expecting to learn more tomorrow than they did today. That is something that can be built on.”
Martin said this program is beneficial to students and the cooperative.
“The educational experience now is different even from when I graduated in 2007,” Martin said. “Students working together the way they do now to solve real world problems makes sense. It’s practical. Jamie exhibits an enthusiastic attitude for learning that is certainly infectious. Whether her job entailed observation or active, physical participation, she was engaged and excited about the opportunities that each day presented.”
Martin also served as Mosely’s mentor for the summer.
Mosley is one of 50 Kenan Fellows interning at sites across the state including labs, farms, manufacturing facilities, electrical plants and other operations to discover how lessons they teach their students are applied in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math professions. The program provides teachers with 80 hours of professional development to help turn the internship into effective lessons.
Kenan Fellowships are made possible through the support of partners including Surry-Yadkin EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. Persons may learn more at kenanfellows.org.
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