Virginia Kennedy serves as Head of School. Her thirty-year career encompasses both education and nonprofit organizational leadership. Dr. Kennedy has worked as a high school teacher and college professor as well as a Director of Communications and Development and an Executive Director in the field of nonprofit environmental conservation. In addition to a dedicated focus on all aspects of leading WNA as Head of School, Dr. Kennedy teaches Advanced English Literature and co-teaches the Environmental Science and Policy class. With the support of the Mike Cairns Environmental Sustainability Fellow, Dr. Kennedy leads WNA’s environmental sustainability program.
Dr. Kennedy holds a B.A. and M.A. in English with a K-12th grade teaching certification from Montclair State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Over the span of her career, Dr. Kennedy taught at the high-school level in New Jersey and New York City public schools, served as an adjunct professor of English at several universities, and as Sage Teaching Fellow at Cornell University during her doctoral studies. Dr. Kennedy has published articles and book reviews on both literature and education in scholarly journals and anthologies, and she has written for various trade publications in the conservation field.