Monday, May 29, 2017

Room 8

Mrs. Margaret Kennedy is a Long Beach native, growing up locally in a very large and loving Catholic family. Mrs. Kennedy credits her ability to connect with each student’s learning style a byproduct of being among so many different personalities throughout her childhood.  Her desire to be an educator was apparent at a very early age; of course, she was always the teacher when playing school at home with her many siblings!

Mrs. Kennedy graduated with a Liberal Studies Major: English emphasis from CSULB.   After graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and began a family of her own.  On the career front, Mrs. Kennedy was initially hired as a substitute teacher with LBUSD.  From there, she was hired as a teacher at St. Cornelius Catholic School; the majority of that time working as the language arts teacher in the junior high.  Within that timeframe, and with the encouragement of her family and friends, she earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through Cal. State Univ., Los Angeles.

All four of Mrs. Kennedy’s children have attended Catholic schools in Long Beach from kindergarten through the eighth grade.  She feels that the connections and support that are infused within a Catholic education are priceless.  “There are not many places where a child can grow, learn, socialize, and pray within a group of his/her peers.  In a Catholic school environment, we can do all of that.” She feels very fortunate to now be working at OLR teaching the subjects that are the closest to her heart.


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