Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
As a young girl growing up beside parks and beaches, Mineola School District teacher Sue Kennedy instantly developed a keen interest in all things environmental. Finding organisms and plant life alongside her childhood home only fueled her curiosity, and lead her to believe she would pursue a career in biology
However, experiencing what it was like to teach during a peer tutoring session in her senior year of high school, Kennedy realized her one true calling was helping others understand a subject in which she was fond of and they needed help.
“As soon as I experienced the feeling of appreciation from those that I tutored, I was hooked,” she said.
Now currently, in her 20th year of teaching, she wouldn’t change her career for the world. Her most memorable moments tend to be the modest “hello’s” from past students in the hallways, as well as the growing number of “ thank yous” she receives from them on a daily basis.
Looking past her teaching methods, students have a lot to say about what it’s like being in the classroom with Kennedy.
“Her class was one of my favorites because even though she’s a serious teacher, she knows when to joke around. Her sense of humor is incomparable and nothing beats her stories!” says Claudia Serna, a former Living Environment student.
“Her door is always open to help her students and I was was very appreciative of that when I had her,” recalls student Taylor Dalton.
In 2006, Kennedy was awarded the “Teacher of the Week” by WLIW which was sponsored by the New York Lottery.
“I was honored to be nominated by Mr. Escobar, the school’s principal, and was excited to have a TV crew come to the school to film a video that was broadcasted on TV,” Kennedy explained. In addition to her numerous awards and recognitions, she was voted favorite teacher by the Class of 2012 in the Mineola High School Yearbook, and has been countlessly acknowledged by the Student Service Center for participating in the AP Scholars Service Learning project as well as the Ninth-Grade Alley Pond Tree planting Service Learning project.
Besides teaching you about how a zygote may divide by mitosis, Kennedy enjoys spending her time by engaging in boating, outdoor activities, gardening and traveling.
The advice she’d give to her students is, “Always be yourself and try not to get caught up in what other people think.” With out of this world teaching skills, it’s no wonder if you ask anybody walking down a hallway of Mineola High School “Do you know Ms.Kennedy?” You’ll never hear a “Who?”
Mineola High School will be open on the evening of Oct. 25th for any families wanting to donate clothing to those who may benefit from such generosity.
The Hampton Street and Jackson Avenue schools Halloween parades will kick off on Oct. 31 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at each school, respectively.
Come visit Wayne Mazzoni at Mineola High School on the night of Nov.6, at 7 p.m. Mazzoni helps high school athletes with the college athletic recruiting process.
Support the junior class of Mineola High School by attending the annual carnival night held on Friday, Nov. 15 form 6 to 8 p.m.