I am Monica Smith, and I am both honored and humbled to serve as the instructional leader for Kennemer Middle School. I am excited to work with the dynamic staff, parents and community members. More importantly, I look forward to working with our students and moving them to heights unimagined.
I come to Kennemer with several years of experience in the education field. I began my career in 1994 as a Math teacher in Dallas ISD. I later became a counselor at the elementary level before becoming a high school counselor. After 6 years as a counselor, I moved into campus administration as a dean of students, assistant principal, Pre-K-12 Math Curriculum Supervisor and associate principal. My philosophy of leadership in public schools involves three basic principles; I must be an advocate for all students, a facilitator of the teaching and learning process and a “servant” to ensure the needs of the entire school community are being met. While it will look different for all students, my goal for the campus is simple: Success for all students.
Throughout my educational journey, I have acquired valuable experience as an instructional leader. I have worked directly with teachers, students, staff, parents, and other community stakeholders from multiple communities. Those experiences have allowed me to enhance and build upon the skills I already have to be an effective administrator. In collaboration with the staff at Kennemer, I will continue to make decisions that are best for students to ensure student success.
I am truly looking forward to this upcoming year and accomplishing the goals we set together. A few of my goals include: to ensure that our students are authentically engaged in the learning process, actively involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities in an environment where the students are safe. In short, we will build on the foundation that has been set and move forward to achieve even greater goals. By working collaboratively with the Kennemer Leadership Team, SBDM, entire staff at Kennemer, and parents, we will become the model school for Duncanville ISD. Together we will continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities and academic excellence for all of our students. On a personal note, I have been married for 22 years and have two beautiful children who are attending Prairie View A&M University. Please feel free to contact me via email at Monica.email@example.com or feel free to stop by to introduce yourself at any time as my door is always open. I look forward to meeting you soon.
GW Kennemer MS opened in the repurposed Ninth Grade facility in 2005, and was named for former teacher GW Kennemer. The school serves grades 7-8.
GW Kennemer Jr.
Retired June 1995
Taught AP/Honors Biology at Duncanville High School for 42 years, from 1952 – 1995. Coached baseball until 1965, and basketball until 1969.
Began his teaching career in Yantis ISD, 1 yr.
Graduated Girard HS, 1947.
BS Physical Education, ETSU 1950; M Education, ETSU 1951.
Microbiology Institute, Indiana University 1967
Summer Institute of Modern Botany and Field Biology, SE Missouri State College (National Science Foundation) 1963; many other graduate classes in biology to maintain professional development
Science Department Chair; organized staff development for MS – HS science teachers
Senior sponsor; attended many extracurricular activities to support students.
Widely considered to be an outstanding and well-respected teacher
Recommended by School Naming Committee to name third middle school for him, in honor of his long and distinguished career as a dedicated professional teacher.
Mascot: Panthers (formerly Knights)
Colors: Red and royal blue (formerly navy blue and scarlet)