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Get to Know Kennedy Irwin

A big TCS welcome to Mrs. Kennedy Irwin, who joins our First Grade Team! Kennedy grew up in a small town in Illinois just outside of St. Louis, with two sisters and her parents. “My family always told me I would be a teacher one day as I often played ‘school’ with my little sisters. I went to college thinking I was going to be a biomedical engineer, but after sitting through my first college class I knew my heart was with the children in the classroom. I quickly changed my major.” Kennedy recalls. At Southeast Missouri State University, Kennedy ran cross country and track while studying to one day have a classroom of her own. After college, she moved to Oklahoma planning to go back to school for educational leadership and curriculum while teaching, but God had a greater plan. Shortly after moving to Oklahoma, Kennedy met her husband, Brad, who had just moved to Oklahoma from Florida. The couple married last November and moved to Florida in January to be closer to family. “God quickly reminded us we are not in control and has blessed us with our first baby who is due this December. In our spare time we love beach weekends with our golden retriever, Lacey, and vacations to the mountains with our families.” Kennedy adds.

Kennedy’s favorite part of teaching is witnessing ‘lightbulb moments’. At TCS, she loves worshiping with everyone during chapel and sharing the word of God with her students during Bible. In reflection, Kennedy recalls, “Teaching in public school, I felt something was missing in my day. Ultimately, it was God in the classroom and the ability to worship and talk about the word of God. I leave TCS everyday with a full heart and smile on my face because of the little moments throughout the day where we can pause and pray or talk about God.”

Kennedy has two favorite Bible verses: Joshua 1:9 and Psalms 139:14.