Kewanis Kennedy has 14 years of elementary, middle school and high school teaching and administrative experience. He joined DoDEA in 2020 as an emotional impaired instructor at Fort Knox Middle High School and Scott Intermediate School.
Kennedy began his administrative career as an elementary assistant principal and then principal at South Christian Elementary and Christian County Alternative School, both located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. During his administrative tenure, he assisted South Christian Elementary in dramatically decreasing behavior incidents and was an integral part of the school receiving a gold rating from the Kentucky Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Network in 2019.
Kennedy accepted the DoDEA role as the emotionally impaired instructor because of his passion in working with students and assisting with their success. He brings that same passion to the role of principal of Marshall Elementary School where he is eager and excited to serve and collaborate with the families and community of Fort Campbell to provide an impactful learning experience for students.
Kennedy earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Murray State University, a master’s in education, mild learning and behavior disorders from Murray State University, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from University of the Cumberlands, and his doctorate in education leadership and P-20 learning from Murray State University. For his doctorate, he studied how school violence has impacted the educational experience of American students.
Kennedy comes from a long line of veterans, including his great grandfather (Army), his father (Army) and his wife’s grandfather (Navy). He was born at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, located in Fort Campbell. Together with his wife Heather, a special education teacher within the Fort Campbell community, they have a family of six children. He enjoys sports, traveling and classic cars.
Ms. Jacqueline Williams joined the Marshall Elementary School faculty in June 2020. Ms. Williams has been an educator for 26 years and was a classroom teacher for 18 years. She taught high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, and middle school in El Paso, Texas and Wahiawa, Hawaii. In addition to being a classroom teacher; she has served in numerous capacities, such as curriculum trainer, testing coordinator, Professional Learning Community (PLC) team leader, member of the research committee for school reform and school level leader for the teacher’s union. She was named “Teacher of the Year” at McClellan Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2007-2008 school year.
She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education in 1995 and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration in 2002, both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Captain in 2009. Her military service includes time as an enlisted Soldier, as well as an Officer. She is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She held leadership positions as a platoon leader, finance postal officer, and Commander of a Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.
Ms. Williams is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She has two adult children and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She's excited about serving the faculty, parents, and students of Marshall Elementary School, as well as the Fort Campbell community.