Degrees and Certifications:
Martinsville and Henry County has always been my home. After graduating from Laurel Park High School 1989, I earned my undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Go DUKES!!!
Excited to begin my career as an educator, I happily accepted a job at Drewry Mason Middle School where I taught 8th Grade English and Drama for three years. Many colleagues and students touched my life in very profound ways during those DMMS years that I still hold dearly in my memory today.
While those three years at DMMS were wonderful, I had intended to become a high school English teacher, so I eagerly jumped at the chance to teach English and speech and drama when a position became vacant at Fieldale-Collinsville High School. At F-CHS, I taught English 9, English 11, and Drama. Perhaps some of my most exciting and special times were those spent with those students I worked with as I was directing the VHSL One-Act Play Competition casts and coaching VHSL Forensics teams. Together, we spent hours rehearsing, painting, laughing, crying, traveling, and even winning! What great times! The time I spent at F-CHS, put me within reach of people who would and do impact my life in exceptional ways on many levels. I grew professionally, under the expert guidance of some of the best educators who have ever worked for Henry County Public Schools. I met and was forever changed by students who are part of some of my most cherished life memories. I formed friendships with some of the most important people in the world to me-- friendships that are everlasting. Of course, my life was altered in other ways too as I earned a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University, married a wonderful man (Thomas Kenny) and had the first of three daughters (Eydie, Mollie and Josie).
After seven years at F-CHS, there was big change on the horizon. Consolidation of schools changed F-C High School to F-C Middle School. Many of my colleagues from F-CHS and I moved to Bassett High School with our students as F-CHS and BHS were consolidated into one high school the fall of 2004. After shedding the Cavalier purple for Bassett blue, my students, my old and new colleagues and I wore our Bengal Orange and Blue with pride!
Over the years, I have taught many classes at BHS including English 10, Advanced Composition, English 11, Pre-AP English 11, English 12, AP World Studies, AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition. At times the constant change was wearying and challenging, but I became even more knowledgeable in the process of all the arduous work. The Bengal family is a strong family. The students are among the best in the nation. The teachers are propelled by their passion for students. The educational leaders genuinely care about the students. For these reasons, I am proud to be a teacher at BHS, and I am excited to say the 2019-2020 school year marks the beginning of my 27Th year as an educator.
I love working with students and learning from them! I am a far better person because of the many incredibly talented, intelligent, humorous, witty, philosophical, clever, industrious, spiritual, insightful, creative, and kind-hearted students I have taught over the years. Along with family, friends, and colleagues, my life has been tremendously enriched by my experiences as an educator in Henry County Public Schools.
Phone: (276) 629-1731
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English, James Madison University
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Radford University