6th Grade, Mathematics, Belmont Charter School

Ms. Kennedy, in her sixth year with Belmont Charter Network, loves the neighborhood feel of her classroom. With more than two decades of teaching experience, she appreciates the creativity-friendly environment at Belmont and takes every opportunity she can to bring fun to her lessons. Her students learn through the arts, movement and even games.

Kennedy finds experiential learning to be pivotal, and the hands-on model at Belmont allows for out-of-classroom learning. Thanks to a collaboration nurtured by Ms. Kennedy between Outward Bound and Belmont, students spent five days in the Delaware Water Gap to learn about self-reliance and their role in team work.

Above all, Ms. Kennedy finds it rewarding to work with students with a range of needs—inside the classroom and out.

“The students are real with me and my passion for mathematics does help inspire them,” says Ms. Kennedy. “I’m real with them, too, and they appreciate and respect that.”

12 Questions with Ms. Kennedy

Where are you from originally?

Born and raised in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an air force pilot.

What was your favorite subject in school?

MATH!!!! (and gym!!)

What is the one thing in your classroom you can’t live without?

My pencil sharpener.

What is your dream vacation?

Travel around the world.

How long have you been with Belmont Charter Network? How long have you been a teacher?

This is my 6th year with Belmont. I have been teaching, gasp…for 23 years!!

What is your favorite part of the school day?

1st period. I love starting my day discussing/working/thinking/explaining math with a cup of coffee in my hand.

What are the most important ways that Belmont Charter Network supports you as a teacher?

Belmont is supportive in:

  • allowing me to bring creativity
  • hearing my suggestions
  • administrative support
  • collaboration with other teachers
  • supporting the classroom environment with behavioral support
  • training offered on many different topics (trauma training, Jounce training, etc.)

If you could teach in any other country than the US, where would you want to teach?

Costa Rica, because….why not?!?!?

Did you have a mentor at any point in your life? Who?

I have had many. I am drawn to experienced teachers that exemplify knowledge, patience and passion in their teaching. All my mentors have imparted different things to my teaching but overall those three topics, knowledge, patience and passion are the themes that I have taken from them.

What’s your favorite book?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Who do you admire most?

Helen Keller. I have always been drawn to her tenacity and strength as a woman. Her pioneering for disabilities and women’s suffrage movement have inspired me and led me to where I am today.