Aimee's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Columbus, OH

AIMEE KENNEDY

VP of Education, Philanthropy, and STEM Learning
Battelle Memorial Institute

“Starting from scratch is the best because you can be whatever you want to be.”

INTERESTS:

Education Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Opportunity Passion Perseverance Support & Encouragement Education Doubt Inspiration Choices Goals Planning Experience Community

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

belief, believe, college, content, education, english, hope, leader, next step, planning, principal, relationship, school, self motivation, something more, student, support, teacher, tests, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Wanted to go into teaching because she wanted to show kids that a good education could lead them down any path they chose.
  • Says that the best schools in the nation right now are not the schools who follow traditional educational routes.
  • Was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of Metro Early College High School, which focuses on STEM fields.
  • Only once her students started outperforming others on the state tests did people start believing in Metro's vision.
  • Says her goal is to reach the kids who aren't good at "playing school."
  • Believes every kid needs someone who says to them, "Of course you can get an A. Of course you can go to college!"
  • Says the best part of a teacher's day can't be the planning or the grading-it has to be the hours in the classroom with the kids.
  • Now works for Battelle, where she fosters the development of more STEM-centred schools like Metro.

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