Our teachers are selected not just because of their educational background, but also because of their personal philosophies and attitudes. They are the best of the best and our students love them. They take a personal interest in each of their students and go above and beyond the standard classroom teacher to make sure that each student is happy and doing their best. Our open-door policy makes our teachers accessible to the parents for in-person conferences or just a quick phone call to check up on your child.
I have spent eleven years in Fairfax County Public Schools. Previously, I have been a fifth grade special education teacher. I am thrilled this year to be working at Kenwood School so I can get really involved in the education and well being of Kenwood students. I am originally from Hollywood, California. In Los Angeles I practiced Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. I have been in Northern Virginia for over thirteen years now. I received my M.A. from Marymount University in Education. I am married with two children and a super great dog.
I graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education in May 2007. I have completed all necessary testing requirements and have received my collegiate professional license for the State of Virginia.
It has always been my dream to share my love of learning with your area's youth. I believe that the teaching profession is one of the more important occupations of which one can be a part, and consider myself fortunate to be a part of Kenwood School.
I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand
With half my life lived in Southern California and the other half in Boston, MA, I am happy to now be in Virginia for the third year. It has been fun teaching first and second grade here at Kenwood School since then. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a double major in Sociology and Elementary Education. My Master's Degree in Education is from Bridgewater State College. I have enjoyed being in the teaching field for several years, interacting among a wide range of groups. Outside of school, you will find me sharing time with my husband and two kitties as well as hiking, camping, wave diving, at the beach, dancing, reading, and recycling!
Second and Third Grade
This is Michelle McDonald's 7th year teaching at Kenwood School. She has taught first through fourth grades. Michelle holds Bachelorís and Masterís Degrees from George Mason University, and is currently pursuing another Masterís Degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to teaching at Kenwood School, Michelle spent 10 years in the legislative consulting field where she was active on Capitol Hill and at the White House. She was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area, and currently resides with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs.