Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Dr. Ashley Kennerly, who this school year will begin leading Sixes Elementary School!
A rising star among CCSD’s leaders, it’s fitting that Dr. Ashley Kennerly will serve in her first Principal role at Sixes Elementary School, home of the Sixes Stars.
Dr. Kennerly is in her 13th year as an educator, but already has served as an assistant principal at Indian Knoll Elementary School for three years and earned her master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees in education.
She said she views relationships as the “cornerstone” to student success and learning and is focused on connecting with her new school community.
“Students must feel valued, and families must be an active partner in their child’s education. One of the things I am most looking forward to is building relationships with the students, teachers, and families at Sixes,” said Dr. Kennerly, who lives in the Sixes community with her husband, John, and son, Max, a second-grader. “In doing so, together, we can attain success and continue the standard of excellence for which Sixes has long been known.”
Dr. Kennerly began her teaching career in CCSD at Johnston Elementary School and also taught at Canton Elementary School STEM Academy. A graduate of Woodstock High School, Dr. Kennerly earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from North Greenville University, her master’s degree from Walden University, her specialist degree from Piedmont College and her doctorate degree from Liberty University.
She is well-versed in education trends, having been a conference presenter, published in education journals, and called upon to teach future educators at two local colleges. Dr. Kennerly plans to use those skills in helping Sixes rise to new heights.
“One goal for this school year is to foster a climate of trust and teamwork, focusing on the needs of all stakeholders through open communication and being involved in school and community events,” Dr. Kennerly said. “It is important to learn children’s names and build positive relationships with families, teachers, PTA, and community partners. In doing this, we can create meaningful, memorable learning experiences for our students. Another goal is to incorporate innovative, research-based practices to help students reach high academic standards, preparing them to be life-ready.”
Dr. Hightower said he and his leadership team have been impressed by Dr. Kennerly’s dedication to CCSD and continuous improvement.
“She’s a great CCSD success story, as a CCSD graduate who has excelled as one of our teachers and worked hard to advance so early in her career to an administrative role,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Dr. Kennerly exudes enthusiasm and energy, and I know Sixes will benefit greatly from her excitement to help them shine even brighter.”
How can parents be more involved? “This year, we are expanding the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) system at Sixes. Students will earn points through Class Dojo, and parents can sign up to receive the notifications to keep them informed,” Dr. Kennerly said. “Using this information as talking points with their children encourages positive, open communication. Utilizing Canvas on a regular basis as communication and to stay abreast of assignments, announcements, and school events is another great way to stay involved. We love volunteers! We welcome moms, dads, grandparents, and those in the community who would like to lend a hand. Our strong PTA also loves to have new faces to help support the students!”