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Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program

What is the Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program?

The Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program at Woodberry Forest School gives recent college graduates a two-year appointment to the school’s faculty. Established by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of alumni Frank Hawkins Kenan ’31 and Lawrence Lewis, Jr. ’37, the program provides a guided, hands-on apprenticeship in all areas of boarding school life designed to create a solid foundation for a career in the profession. As the fellowship evolves over time, fellows gain independence and confidence in their work with young people; they finish the fellowship with a fully-funded master’s degree in hand, eligible to apply for full-time positions at top independent schools.

How does it work?

Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Fellows are assigned to an academic department aligned with their college major, where they work with experienced mentors, observe experienced teachers in departments across the school, and learn both the art of teaching and the skills involved in designing lessons and courses. Outside the classroom, they serve as assistant coaches or directors in one of our extra-curricular offerings in athletics or the arts, where again they work with mentors to gain practical experience.

Becoming a Part of the Community

Living on campus — supervising dormitories and extra-curricular activities — they experience fully the work of the school and the life of the community, practicing the craft of building substantial, meaningful, and ongoing relationships with students: the core of our work at Woodberry Forest.


Each fellowship carries a salary that is derived from a first-year teacher’s salary, including ample time reserved to pursue a fully-funded online master’s degree at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education or a content-based online master’s degree. Fellows also receive housing, meals in the school dining hall, retirement benefits, and health care benefits.

How to Apply

We accept applications from college seniors and very recent graduates for the upcoming academic year through January 15.

Candidates chosen to interview will be notified by February 15. Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a résumé indicating previous education, employment, athletic and extracurricular experience, and special interests and skills; (3) their college transcript; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

If you have filed an application with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, the only submission required is a letter of application and an email to Matt Boesen to ensure your information on file has been downloaded from the CS&A for consideration.

Please submit all application materials to

For More Information Contact :

Matt Boesen
Director of Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program
Phone: 540-672-6021

Meet a Fellow

Parrish Preston served as one of Woodberry Forest School's Kenan-Lewis Fellows. He taught Latin II and III and coached climbing and mountain biking. Parrish is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. As part of the two-year fellowship program, Parrish is earned a master's degree in education from the Curry School at the University of Virginia.

Asked about a memorable Woodberry moment, Parrish replies:
"One Friday about a month into the school year, I walked into class at 8:00 a.m. to teach Latin III, but to my dismay I found that I had lost my voice. As I was introducing the next section of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico at what must have been almost an inaudible decibel, I heard my students, of their own volition, turn to each other and utter: “Okay, we are only going to whisper for the rest of class.” For the subsequent forty-five minutes, all that could be heard in the classroom were the hushed tones of six students and their taciturn teacher discussing the finer points of Latin grammar and syntax. This anecdote seems inconsequential at first glance, but to me it is indicative of the welcoming, engaging, and inquisitive nature of Woodberry students.
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