By: Molly Norton, Lea Stapinski, Daniel Fordham, and Fletcher Donohoe.
Mr. Kennedy has been a teacher for 41 years. Of those 41 years, 31 were spent teaching here at Duxbury High School.
He has taught 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
The students of Duxbury High School, or DHS responded to a forum about Mr. Kennedy that was sent to all juniors and seniors, because he no longer teaches underclassmen.
Some of the responses were as follows:
I think he’s funny, kind, and engaging.
He clearly loves teaching and history in general.
He tries to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in his class, whether that’s with personal anecdotes about his own life, one-liners, or impromptu karaoke sessions.
He’s a great teacher, but more importantly he’s a great person.
He’s the greatest man to ever walk the halls of DHS.
The feeling is mutual for Mr. Kennedy as he said, “I have very much enjoyed the students. They are willing to learn which is clearly important for a teacher. We do have a few laughs in class and that has been effective with most students. We have created an atmosphere that is fun and personable.”
A fellow teacher in the history department Lew Alberti believes that “The things he has done over the years as a teacher, coach, and mentor have been invaluable.”
On Kennedy’s retirement he said, “[It] is a big loss for the history department as well as the high school in general.”
For those of you who would like to get to know Mr. Kennedy before he retires this spring, he is easy to find. Say hello to him as he will be standing in the front of the building by the flagpole greeting people most mornings prior to the start of the school day.