Greenwich Public Schools preschool coordinator Dolores Kenny has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2016.
An educator with the Greenwich Schools since 1985, Dr. Kenny has led the District’s preschool program for the last eight years.
“Dr. Kenny has had a significant impact on our preschool program during her tenure as the Coordinator,” said Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mary Forde. “She has worked with staff to understand and implement the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards in all Greenwich Preschool classes. She is a tireless advocate for young children with disabilities and always celebrates the potential of each child.”
Mary Forde added that Dr. Kenny has also brought the early childhood perspective to the curriculum and achievement gap initiatives and has strengthened the partnerships with the private and public preschools in town. “Her enthusiasm and commitment will be missed,” Dr. Forde said.
Prior to her role leading the Greenwich Schools preschool program, Dr. Kenny was the assistant principal at North Street School for 23 years. During that time, she initiated one of the first social-emotional leaning programs in the District – a school-wide positive behavior system (Teamwork NSS), which evolved into the school’s character education program (R.E.A.C.H.).
A statement released by Greenwich Schools said, “Throughout her career, Dr. Kenny has been committed to an inclusive model of educating students with special needs. While at North Street School, she introduced co-teaching strategies for special and general education teachers, and developed a collaborative model for the structure of the Pupil Personnel Services team.”
Prior to her tenure in Greenwich, Dr. Kenny taught in the Virginia Beach Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA for six years. She began teaching for the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) in 1985 as a Kindergarten teacher at Old Greenwich School. She moved to Hamilton Avenue School to teach second grade for two years, from 1990 to 1992. After teaching for one year (1992-1993) in the Fairfax County Public Schools, McLean, VA, she returned to the GPS as Assistant Principal for North Street School, where she remained for twenty-three years. During this time she served as Interim Principal for Old Greenwich School for one year (2005-2006.) She was appointed Program Coordinator for the District’s preschool program in 2008.
Throughout her tenure with the GPS, Dr. Kenny participated in numerous curriculum, instruction and program development initiatives, most recently serving as a member of the District’s Closing the Achievement Gap Committee. Her expertise on early childhood development and educating students at risk academically, as well as her collaborative work with local independent preschools, has established a solid foundation for progress in closing gaps in performance among student subgroups. Dr. Kenny is a 1989 recipient of the Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Award.
Dr. Kenny received a Bachelor of Science in degree in elementary education from State University College at New Paltz, NY, a Master of Science degree in early childhood education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, a Professional Diploma in administration from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.