The Knowles Fellowship challenged and supported me every step of the way. I feel like I was given a career’s worth of professional development, coaching, and mentorship in just five years. Knowles nurtured my pride in the teaching profession, and empowered me to be a leader in areas that I care about.”

KD’s Story

Professional Experience

KD taught biology (including AP and IB) for eight years at Central High School in Philadelphia, and served as IB Diploma Coordinator for two years. KD was fortunate enough to be awarded a Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship in 2009 and achieved National Board Certification in secondary science teaching in 2013. KD is the co-author of two articles for the American Biology Teacher with Knowles Senior Fellows Kirstin Milks and Rebecca Van Tassell. KD Davenport now oversees science curriculum, professional development, and community partnerships in the School District of Philadelphia as a K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist.

Academic Background

  • University of Pennsylvania (Master of Science in Secondary Education)
  • Swarthmore College (Bachelor of Arts in Biology)