An exceptional boarding school community for boys in grades nine through twelve.

Kenan-Lewis Fellowship

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 teaching and coaching apprenticeship designed to create a solid foundation in the profession. As the two years unfold, fellows gain independence, and by the end, they are qualified to seek full-time positions at top independent schools and will have attained a masters degree in education from the Curry School at the University of Virginia. 

Fellows are assigned to an academic department, where they work with experienced mentors, observe master teachers, and learn to design lessons and teach classes. Outside the classroom, they serve as assistant coaches in either athletics or the arts, where again they work with mentors to gain practical experience in all facets of the endeavor, from running practices and teaching skills to coaching a game or directing a scene. 

In addition to the on-the-job training, they engage in outside professional development, such as graduate courses, teaching conferences, and coaching clinics. 

Living on campus — supervising dormitories and extra-curricular activities — they experience fully the work of the school and the life of the community, and they learn the art of guiding students in daily life and building substantial relationships. 

Each fellowship carries a salary of $26,000 plus living quarters, meals in the school dining room, and health care benefits.
We accept applications from college seniors and recent graduates for the upcoming academic year until February 1.

Candidates chosen to interview will be notified by March 1. 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) three letters of recommendation.

To discuss this opportunity further please contact, Ben Hale, director of the Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program. 

Phone Ben Hale: 540.672.3900 ext. 5005

Please submit all application materials to

    • Parrish Preston
    • Kristyn Wilson
    • Ty Adams
Meet Parrish Preston
2017-2019 Kenan-Lewis Fellow

Nashville, Tennessee
BA in Classics Washington and Lee University
Teaching and coaching assignments:
Latin II and Latin III Honors, climbing, mountain biking

Memorable Woodberry moment:
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.
On teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
The boarding school environment is singularly conducive to building relationships between teacher and student that are inherently more profound. Each has the chance to understand the other as a person, not just as a scholar, athlete, actor, musician, or artist. Dorm life transforms the traditional interaction of teacher and student into dorm master and resident to form holistic, interpersonal connection. 

Meet Kristyn Wilson
2016-18 Kenan-Lewis Fellow

Huntsville, AL
Randolph School, BA in English and Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill
Teaching and coaching assignments:
English 300, JV Cross Country, varsity swimming

Memorable Woodberry moment:
The cheers of support from my fellow Red's Raiders as I competed in the dizzy bat Woodberry Cup challenge were unforgettable. It had been a while since I had competed in a field day competition, but I was inspired by the boys' competitive and supportive spirit and gave it my all. Though I had only met most of the boys a few days before, I staggered across the finish line to cheers and shouts of "Way to go, Ms. Wilson!" and immediately felt like part of the community.

Observations about teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
The rate at which boys cultivate relationships with both peers and teachers is exciting and astonishing. After only a few weeks, my students have crossed the threshold of familiarity and are willing to be vulnerable and take academic and personal risks in class, on the field, and on dorm, knowing already that their classmates will encourage them. Given the high level of access we as teachers have to the boys throughout the day, I am able to more fully support and challenge my students in these risks, which is an awesome opportunity for
all of us.

Meet Ty Adams
2016-18 Kenan-Lewis Fellow

West Hartford, CT
Kingswood Oxford School, BS History from Appalachian State University
Teaching and coaching assignments:
US History, Stories & Histories: An Introduction to Historical Analysis
varsity soccer, varsity baseball

Memorable Woodberry moment:
My first seated meal and chapel night was pretty noteworthy. Watching the old and new boys interact with one another and their teachers made it clear this place was special. There was a palpable feeling in the air; everyone was finally home again. Following dinner, watching the procession of around 400 boys fill in the beautiful St. Andrew's Chapel was a humbling experience. 

On teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
I have seen the impact a residential community has on these boys from the start. The boarding school environment makes teachers so accessible to the boys and allows us to know each student and their needs.  We can effectively impact their lives in the classroom and as a whole. Whether it’s in class, on the playing fields, or just on dorm, the boys are extremely willing to learn how to be the best versions of themselves. 

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.