My name is Scott Kennedy and I teach Mathematics. I especially enjoy the fields of Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Number Theory. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, writing love songs, theatre, and chocolate.
In 2004 I graduated from Roger Williams University with a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Secondary Education. During my time at RWU I was a member of the Honors Program, I was an R.A., I hosted a radio show, directed a childrens' theatre, performed in 16 productions, and studied theatre in London, England.
On August 17, 2012 I got married to an amazingly beautiful and talented fellow teacher. We honeymooned in Phuket, Thailand and bought a house two days after returning from our trip. We now live in Southold, NY which we consider the best place on earth.
We are so happy to have a baby on the way, due August 15, 2014!
My Teaching Career
After graduation, I taught math at Riverhead High School while pursuing my Masters degree in Pure Mathematics at St. John's University. In 2006 I started teaching at Sachem High School East. In 2009 began teaching evening classes at Suffolk Community College, and in 2011 I became an adjunct professor at Briarcliffe College. I currently teach Geometry, Pre-Calculus Honors, Statistics, Algebra, and AP Calculus AB.
On April 30, 2014 I was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Dowling College, school of educational administration, leadership, and technology. My topic was secondary math instructional practices, academic optimism, instructional leadership, and receptivity to curricular change in schools with high and low mathematics mastery and poverty.
I am on the Sachem Inquiry Team of teacher leaders to introduce the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics to the High School.
On September 10, 2012 TED.com, a website with several hundred thousand followers (and over a million views) published my video on their TED-ED site. I was animated into a cartoon character to deliver a script that I wrote and narrated. It can be viewed at:
News 12 "Cool at School" segment December 17, 2012 (you need an optimum id)
A Brief Look at the Common Core (published Fall 2012 in Long Island Education Review - SCOPE)
Doctoral Dissertation (available soon)
2014 Jan. 5 - 8 Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, HI
My Educational Philosophy
First of all, there is no perfect education system. If there were, we would adopt it. The common core standards, if implemented correctly, could have a major positive impact on student math achievement at all levels. The goal is to deepen understanding of the core foundational topics, thus strengthening students' fluency in numeric operations. This will allow them to do advanced work in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus with much more ease and proficiency. We are finally attempting to break the cycle of "mile wide, inch deep" curricula and better serve the students by focusing on what matters most in mathematics. We are adopting methods similar to those used in Asian and European countries that consistently outperform our students in mathematics. I look forward to the results of this shift.
I feel students will reach the standards set for them. I challenge my students and use their strengths to make up for their deficits.
I closely follow the work and research of such modern educational visionaries as Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Meyer, Stuart Shwartz, Edward Berger, and Arthur Benjamin. They are paving the way at the moment.
I believe the following techniques to be effective and employ them on a regular basis: