Endowed scholarships established for Rutherford native

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 05:36 AM

The North Carolina Humanities Council has established an endowed scholarship for NC public school educators to participate in the Teachers Institute professional development seminars. Named for the director of this program, the Lynn Wright-Kernodle Teachers Institute Endowed Scholarship honors Wright-Kernodle for her work with teachers. The interest from this endowed scholarship insures support in perpetuity for a teacher to attend the annual week-long Teachers Institute summer seminar as well one weekend seminar during the academic year.

The daughter of Ruth Boone Wright of Spindale and the late J. C. Wright, Wright-Kernodle graduated from Rutherfordton Spindale High School in 1964.

In her 21 year with the Humanities Council, Wright-Kernodle  serves as the Associate Executive Director. She has directed the Teachers Institute since 1996. Teachers Institute seminars provide access to continued intellectual growth for educators from across the state. Connecting classroom teachers and university scholars, these interdisciplinary seminars for K-12 educators create the rigorous, stimulating environment found in the best graduate education.

Wright-Kernodle earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC Greensboro in 1990, specializing in English education with a focus on writing, thought, and language. She received her undergraduate degree from Greensboro College and a Master’s degree from Duke University. Her experience includes work as a legislative researcher in Washington, DC, twelve years as a classroom teacher of English and journalism in the state’s public schools, and twenty-five years of teaching as an adjunct professor in UNC Greensboro’s School of Education. An active participant in the broader humanities community, Wright-Kernodle has made numerous presentations at the annual conferences of the Federation of State Humanities Councils; delivered the keynote address at a teachers’ conference in Jackson, MS, sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Oral History Program at the University of Southern Mississippi; and served as a presenter at the Association of American Colleges and Universities “Bridging Cultures” conference in Vermont for community colleges. She joined with the Minnesota Humanities Commission and other state humanities councils to provide American Indian studies seminars for K-12 teachers and to develop curriculum enrichment materials.

In announcing this award, Anne Tubaugh, the Humanities Council’s Associate Executive Director for Advancement, stated that the scholarship was established “in appreciation of the dedication and commitment Lynn has given to the Teachers Institute program to make it the success it is today.”