New South Lake High School Principal Comes from Grosse Pointe Schools
Carmen Kennedy replaces Louis Steigerwald, who is now superintendent in another district
The new South Lake High School principal brings a wealth of experience and a plan to get all members of the school community engaged in students’ education – from support staff to teachers to parents.
Carmen Kennedy, who was recently appointed by the Board of Education as the new principal, is the former assistant principal and athletic director at Grosse Pointe North High School, a position she held for five years.
“I look forward to working with and serving this school community,” she said. “I firmly believe that children who receive a robust, diverse and dynamic education will become adults who are critical thinkers and are prepared to become productive, successful and progressive. I am proud to be part of a school district that embraces these same viewpoints.”
Kennedy has already identified several goals that she plans to achieve as principal, including improving student achievement, respecting diversity in its many forms, and celebrating each student as a whole person, which means tending not only to their academic needs, but also to their social and emotional needs.
Prior to working in Grosse Pointe schools, she served as a physical education teacher – first in Detroit Public Schools and then in the Troy School District. She also served as a girls’ basketball coach in Troy.
Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and two master’s degrees from Wayne State University – one in sports administration and one in school counseling.
She is currently pursuing her educational specialist degree in school administration. She is also serving a four-year term on the State Representative Council for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
In addition to her professional experience, Kennedy has participated in many volunteer activities, including charity walks, tutoring, and leading a book club at a shelter for homeless women and children.
South Lake Superintendent Pamela Balint said the district is extremely excited to welcome Kennedy to its administrative team.
“Carmen brings a level of enthusiasm and passion for education that is sure to positively impact our high school learning environment. She came highly recommended both officially and unofficially,” Balint said. “Since Carmen’s hiring became public, we have received a multitude of affirming comments from members of the Grosse Pointe community regarding her professionalism and consistent follow-through. I know she will quickly endear herself to our high school community as well.”
Kennedy said she is equally thrilled to join South Lake.
A resident of the west side of Detroit, Kennedy enjoys working out, writing journals and taking care of her Chihuahua.
“I like the flexibility of working and living in two different communities. Both are rich in goodness and offer me a great variety in life,” she said.