Dr. Kennedy is proud to be the principal at Shepherd Junior High School. Prior to becoming a principal Dr. Kennedy was the 9th grade Assistant Principal at Red Mountain High School and oversaw Student Services and Registration. She also holds a Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English both from Arizona State University. 

Dr. Kennedy has held a number of leadership positions in her 17 years in education. She taught English at Mesquite High School and Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, AZ prior to joining the Red Mountain High School administrative team. In addition to teaching English, Dr. Kennedy was a yearbook, newspaper, Link Crew and Renaissance adviser. She led the successful development of 9th grade transition and mentoring programs at both Mesquite High School and Campo Verde High School and is excited to use her experiences to develop strong programs at Shepherd Junior High School. 

Her primary focus is developing the highest quality educational opportunities for Shepherd students to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in high school and beyond.