Faces of the Fort: Erica Kennedy
Aug06

Faces of the Fort: Erica Kennedy

It’s hard to believe that August is here already! If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of school bells in the distance. In the back-to-school spirit, August’s Faces of the Fort column features Erica Kennedy, an elementary teacher who takes pride in positively impacting the lives of her students. A transplant from Goshen, IN, Erica was attracted to the bustling cityscape, amenities, and colleges. By the time she earned her degree in elementary education from IPFW in 2011, she had fallen in love with the Fort and decided to stay. She has lived in Fort Wayne for 6 years and now works for Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS). Read on as Erica dishes on finding her calling, her experience teaching with FWCS, and the one piece of advice she has for all parents sending kids back to school this year. 1.) What made you decide to become a teacher, and how has teaching in the Fort Wayne community facilitated that dream? I realized that I wanted to be a teacher after completing an internship in high school. I was placed in an elementary classroom and worked with students for a semester. During that internship I realized the feelings of accomplishment and pride I felt after a student had shown growth because of something I had taught them and knew that I wanted that to be my career. I love watching my students achieve their educational and personal goals and knowing that I played a part in that. Teaching in the Fort Wayne community for the past two years has been a great experience for me. I have had the opportunity to teach in many different schools in the area and meet many parents, students, and teachers. FWCS really pushes teachers and students alike to dream big and work hard. With the support of the school system and some awesome kids that are willing to work hard, I have enjoyed watching my students grow throughout the year. I get to relive the feelings of accomplishment and pride every single day! 2.) From a behind-the-scenes teacher perspective, what positive things have you seen the Fort Wayne school system doing to improve education and overall quality of life for area students? FWCS really takes a vested interest in students’ achievement and success in the classroom, always pushing them to try harder and do their best. The school system also gives students many opportunities to learn through and interact with technology. Many of the students in the district come from low income families and may not have that hands-on interaction with technology that they need in our ever-changing society. Teachers...

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