Mrs. Fennessy - Our Principal
Ms. Fennessy is drawn to the mission of empowering students as leaders and to develop globally competitive scholars as informed citizens. She has over a decade of experience within the education field and has served in various leadership positions. Britt has been influential in implementing effective policies and procedures while continuing to provide rigorous academic supports to all educators and scholars. Her desire to serve and help others, to meet the needs of students, peers and communities is what drives her work.
Over the past decade, Ms. Fennessy has focused on building her leadership capacity through professional development, experience, and continuous education. She has received a Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University that combined finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. The program emphasized practical skills and application to build practical fluency in how management decisions, wide-ranging policies, and resource allocation intersects to impact student success across multiple contexts, including their own. Britt has also obtained an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University where she advanced her skills in designing and analyzing system priorities and improvement plans, effectively leading and managing while building collaboration in a school environment, working more effectively with a team, solving organizational challenges, evaluating financial and budgetary appropriation and how to effectively evaluate and supervise staff. She also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement through National Louis University.
Ms. Fennessy is passionate about guiding the development of instructional skills, building leadership capacity within the organization, and the use of cognitive coaching skills with the staff. While overseeing programs, curriculum and operations services are a component of leadership, Ms. Fennessy stresses the importance on fusing the development and evaluation process with each individual educator to provide the highest level of teaching to all scholars. While observing teaching methods and examining learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, she also determines areas where improvement is needed and structure professional development and learning to bridge the gap.
In her spare time, Ms. Fennessy collaborates and engages with professional development organizations that provide the opportunity to work with other leaders within the organization and around the city to have the tough conversations that are needed to prepare our young people for the next phase of their life. This provides a unique opportunity to support our staff to engage in critical conversations about race, gender, class, and sexual orientation, and other topics to provide students and teachers the tools to be empowered within their education and environment.
Britt is extremely excited to be joining the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School and continuing to drive the mission and vision with authenticity and intention.