• Mr. Kenney
     
    ext. 8263
     

    Mr. Kenney

    Position:
    Teacher of English                                               
    Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (Medford Campus)
     
     
    Background:
    This is my seventh year at Burlington County Institute of Technology.
    I graduated with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey this past summer.
    I also earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers University.
    Prior to that, I spent twelve years in the work force as a newspaper writer and editor.
     
     
     
    Teaching Philosophy:
    "Don't bring negative to my door."
                                - Maya Angelou
     
    I think one of the most important aspects of teaching is creating a safe and comfortable environment where young people can feel at ease. In my classroom, students can be expected to read, write, speak, listen, think and enjoy themselves every single day.
     
    "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
                                - Abraham Lincoln
     
    I believe there are several life skills to be learned in the classroom, including communication. In my opinion, lack of communication causes negative speculation. Students will be given a variety of opportunities to improve their reading, writing and speaking levels in my class.
     
    "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
                                - Jackie Robinson
     
    In addition, we all know that junior year means getting ready for the HSPA test. As a training tool, we will engage in "Weekly Writing Workshops" on Wednesdays as an effort to make the students more prepared and more comfortable for the HSPA.
     
    "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success."
                                - Alexander Graham Bell
     
    I think that, as writers, we need to realize the most important part of The Writing Process is pre-writing. This is a skill that will be taught, practiced, reinforced and practiced some more in my class. It is important for students to realize that pre-writing is not just a way to get started, it is a way to get finished.
     
    "If you don't know where you're going, how will you know if you got there."
                                - Ed Kenney
     
     
    Additional Info:
    I began my career in education in 1994 and I have worked as a coach, umpire and official for several districts in South Jersey. In 1996 and 1997, I served as assistant coach on a pair of state championship baseball teams at Riverside High School. Most recently, I have worked at the varsity level as a baseball umpire for South Jersey Umpires Association, as a softball umpire for West Jersey Chapter 5 and as a basketball official for Camden Board 34.
     
    In my spare time, I enjoy playing baseball, playing basketball, running, reading and writing, playing golf, working out, taking pictures, doing yard work and spending time with my wife Joelle and son Andrew.
     
     
    "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
                                - Jim Valvano

     

    "It's amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit."
                                - John Wooden