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Trish Kenefick, a teacher at ...
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."
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
Although it's been a few years since she
turned 30, 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.
"It's what's under the hair that counts," she
hair immediately attracts attention.
"My family likes to walk behind me and watch people's reactions," Kenefick
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
hair go natural, even her
father advised her
to go back to the purple, which remains her
"It's fun," she
What does stand out about Kenefick
is her passion for teaching and for her students and her desire to be involved, Telesca said.
is in charge of the science fair and has made getting students interested in science part of her
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 ...
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
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
The Herald - News - 09/04/2005 - BOE sorts through McKernan documentation
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.
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