Ward Kennedy

Ward KennedyWard Kennedy
Area Superintendent, Area 1

Originally from New York City and a graduate of Seminole High School, Mr. Kennedy began working in the Pinellas County School District in 1987, as a social studies teacher at St. Petersburg Alternative School. The following year he transitioned to Osceola Middle School as a sixth grade social studies teacher. During his tenure at Osceola Middle School he served as social studies department chairperson and as an acting assistant principal. Mr. Kennedy also taught in Clearwater High School’s evening program as a social studies teacher and GED instructor for seven years.

In 2000, after 12 years, Mr. Kennedy advanced to the position of assistant principal at Seminole Middle School. He served at Seminole Middle as the eighth grade assistant principal for five years. In 2005, Mr. Kennedy was appointed principal of Palm Harbor Middle School serving at the district’s largest middle school for three years.

In July, 2007, he was appointed Director of School Operations. In this capacity he worked closely with the Area Superintendent and as a direct liaison with secondary principals and school communities relative to attendance and disciplinary concerns as well as overall school operations.

In 2010, Mr. Kennedy was appointed to the position of Region Superintendent. In 2012, the position was revised to Area Superintendent. Currently, as Area 1 Superintendent,  Mr. Kennedy is responsible for the management and supervision of elementary, middle, high, and fundamental schools. He serves as a liaison between the schools, community and superintendent’s office, and works on a daily basis with schools to assist them in delivering an education that is supported by timely research, grounded in best practices and beneficial to all students and community.

Mr. Kennedy received a Bachelor of Science degree in History and International Affairs from Florida State University, Secondary Social Studies Certification from University of South Florida, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Nova Southeastern University.

Recognitions and professional affiliations:
  • Pinellas County Council PTA, Outstanding Secondary Principal, 2006
  • Pinellas County Administrators’ Association
  • Florida Association of School Administrators
  • National Association for School Administrators
  • National Middle School Association
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals