Humphreys HS

Principal Biography

Ms Shelly Kennedy
Shelly Kennedy is the daughter of Louise and Worth Abercrombie.  She was raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, graduating from Ponca City Senior High School.  Shelly Kennedy commuted 80 miles a day to attend Oklahoma State University where she graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary science education.

In 1990 she joined the Ponca City school system, teaching Life Science at East Junior High School for two years initiating the Kids Making a Difference (KMAD) program at that school fostering community service projects between students and community partners while focusing on science education.

Ms. Kennedy moved to West Junior High School and served as an inaugural science teacher on the Explorer team when that school began implementing the middle school concept. Mrs. Kennedy continued sharing her love of science as the Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher for Ponca City Senior High School.  During that time, she established a program where her advanced chemistry students would present weekly chemistry demonstrations for all nine elementary schools once a week.  This program was a favorite for her students, the elementary students, and the elementary school teachers.  Two of her chemistry students have gone on to become chemistry teachers themselves and continue the traditions which she started when they were students in her chemistry classroom.

In 1999, Kennedy was a participant in the Fulbright Memorial Fund (FMF) Teacher Program.  As one of two teachers in Oklahoma qualifying for the program, she spent three weeks touring various schools in Japan to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two countries.

Mrs. Kennedy worked for DoDDS as a science classroom teacher beginning in 2001.  Her first assignment was at Bahrain School in Manama, Bahrain.  Kennedy served as an I.B. Biology, I.B. Chemistry, and AP Chemistry instructor for three years.  She and her family were evacuated from Bahrain in the summer of 2004 due to the evacuation of dependents in the area.  She joined the faculty of Wuerzburg American High School in Wuerzburg, Germany as a physical science educator in August 2004 and transferred to  Alconbury High School, in Alconbury, England in August of 2005. 

During her brief tenure in Alconbury, Ms. Kennedy served on the School Improvement Leadership Team, was the Department Chair for the Middle School, member of the Student Support Team, sponsor of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and played an active role in the school certification process working with the NCA team during their site visit. 

Shortly after acquiring a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2006, Ms. Kennedy was hired as assistant principal at Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan.  She served in this capacity for 3.5 years before being promoted in mid-year as principal of the new Casey Elementary School in Korea.


She is married to Michael Kennedy, who is also a DoDDS educator.

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