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This profile was last updated on 10/19/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Patricia Kenefick

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Employment History

  • Gifted and Teacher
    DePaolo Middle School
  • Gifted-And-Talented Program Teacher
    DePaolo Middle School
  • Athletic Director
  • Faculty Manager and Athletic Coordinator
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Web References
Trish Kenefick, a teacher at ..., 19 Oct 2012 [cached]
Trish Kenefick, a teacher at DePaolo Middle School and one of the leaders of the Drug Task Force, said parents are "the glue for a drug free community."
Record-Journal, 26 Aug 2003 [cached]
SOUTHINGTON - Patricia Kenefick has a wild streak, and it's not just the flash of purple in her hair.
There's the flashy Corvette she drives and the funky jewelry she wears - on Monday she wears a blue mirror-finished spider hanging from a silver chain around her neck.
Although it's been a few years since she turned 30, she said she feels, and therefore acts, 30.
Life has to be fun, she said, and that's the attitude she tries to bring into her classroom.She is DePaolo Middle School's gifted and talented teacher, runs the school's athletic program, advises the Peer Advocates and the Environmental Club, and is co-chairwoman of the town's Drug Task Force.
Before transferring to DePaolo, Kenefick taught at Alta, the town's alternative high school program.It was there that Kenefick developed many of her beliefs on teaching.The students at Alta may have dressed and acted outside of the norm but she learned they all had character and warmth.
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"It's what's under the hair that counts," she said.
And Kenefick would know.Her hair immediately attracts attention.
"My family likes to walk behind me and watch people's reactions," Kenefick said.
Front and center of her ebony locks is the flash of bright purple.Over the past 12 years, Kenefick's bangs have been royal blue and hot pink.Just once, she dyed it blond, but it turned lime green.When she let her hair go natural, even her father advised her to go back to the purple, which remains her favorite.
"It's fun," she said.
What does stand out about Kenefick is her passion for teaching and for her students and her desire to be involved, Telesca said.
Kenefick is in charge of the science fair and has made getting students interested in science part of her goals.She wants to see more girls become interested in science careers and tries to bring in programs like the Bio Bus, which visited the school last year and helped students learn about forensics.
She remains impressed with what students can do with computers.They can do large amounts of research in a small amount of time using the Internet and use Microsoft Power Point to create presentations on the information.
"If they can get a focus at this grade level, that's always valuable," she said."They become experts and can teach other students."
As a teacher, Kenefick sees herself as someone who motivates students.
Trish Kenefick, a ..., 28 April 2009 [cached]
Trish Kenefick, a gifted-and-talented program teacher at DePaolo Middle School, said the proposed cut would not just be devastating for her, but for all the students and the town.
"The kids said, 'Isn't this ironic? We went before the Board of Ed, they honored us and told us what great role models we were and then cut our program.' The students joked about locking themselves in the room to protest the cut," Kenefick said.
The school board recognized the First LEGO League Team at DePaolo during its meeting last week for winning first place in a state robotics competition. Other students of Kenefick have won first place in state stock market competitions. Roughly 78 students are directly involved in the gifted-and-talented program at DePaolo and another 150 are served through outreach and enrichment programs," Kenefick said.
Kenefick, who also serves as DePaolo's athletic director, said after-school sports help students socialize in a positive way, while keeping them out of trouble. To cut such a program is another huge loss for the entire town, she said.
The Herald - News - 09/04/2005 - BOE sorts through McKernan documentation, 4 Sept 2005 [cached]
The first administrator to hear complaints about McKernan was Patricia Kenefick, the DePaolo faculty manager and athletic coordinator at the time.
Kenefick received a complaint from a team chaperone on Dec. 16, 2003 about McKernan making players uncomfortable through extensive physical contact during drills.
Telesca later confirmed this with Kenefick.
It was directed from Telesca to Kenefick on Jan. 9 concerning Kenefick's failure to notify him after receiving chaperone complaints.
Global Sun Temperature Project: Participating Schools, 19 Mar 2002 [cached]
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