Aimee Kennedy

Aimee Kennedy

VP of Education, Philanthropy, and STEM Learning


Battelle Memorial Institute

Columbus, OH USA


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

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Malone University
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
Malone University
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
University of Akron Main Campus
Career

Career

VP of Education, Philanthropy, and STEM Learning

I foster innovative educational environments that prepare students for tomorrow’s career and college environment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Science
Science
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I lead the education and philanthropy work of one of the world's largest R&D organizations. I work to help schools, educational non-profits, and communities understand how they can make the switch to the latest proven innovations in teaching and learning.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Volunteer for more than what is in your job description. When your boss needs someone to do something, be that person. When people do more, they get more. Take those chances.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

The most important thing you can do is do really well in the job that you have. Don't be bitter about what you think you deserve or what you haven't been able to achieve yet. You can still want those things but focus on being the best you can be at the moment.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"No way can every kid get an A. What if this doesn't work? "

You have to push through and be determined. All you need is the right person to validate what you are doing, and then you are on your way.

Challenges I Overcame

Single Parent
Single Parent

My mom was a teen mom and I grew up watching her struggle as she put herself through school. This definitely made me be more self-motivated.