Position: Third Grade Teacher
School: Tremont Attendance Center
School District: Itawamba County Schools
City, State: Tremont, Mississippi
About the Nominee: Susan Kennedy was nominated by LeAnne Robinson. Mrs. Kennedy is an over-comer, a problem-solver, an innovator and a dynamic member of the Tremont staff. Her enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching (and her students) are unrivaled.
Mrs. Kennedy does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact everyone she comes in contact with each day. She has mastered the elusive art of being firm but fair and having rules, yet maintaining relationships. Although she teaches numerous objectives, she is really teaching students, to whom she freely offers love, acceptance and grace.
While remaining current with the latest instructional strategies and technologies, she can still reach a troubled or struggling student with simple, yet profound, parental instincts and empathy coupled with complete professionalism. Likewise, she can accelerate and challenge her brightest of students because of professional development experiences and innovations she has pursued and mastered.
Mrs. Kennedy has a calling, and that calling is teaching. She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love learning and to respect each other. She also teaches her peers to give their best for their students, to wear a smile, to have faith and to remember that teachers change lives.