"David possesses unsurpassed ethical strengths and high moral character. He is the gentle and constant voice of reason for our team, and the source of comfort for many students and family members. His professional experiences afford him wisdom and knowledge that not only makes him highly sought after by colleagues throughout the district, but also has allowed him to write several moving and thought provoking books that bring additional authority to his counsel. David maintains a profound and reflective talent for language. He has been able to calm potentially disruptive situations with parents, teachers and students by means of this gift. He has utilized true stories, analogies, metaphors and mythology as tools for assisting personal growth with the young people that he works with, as well as helping them see the world through a different lens . . . He is a leader, collaborator, and visionary; an outstanding educator and dedicated professional."
Cyndi L. Geiger, ACSW, LMSW School Social Worker Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"It is in the area of behavioral intervention that David shines . . . This is where his energy and commitment know no bounds . . . Given an environment that appreciates and nurtures his brilliant mind and creativity, David will be one of the best school psychologists in the business. He is one of the most outstanding child advocates I’ve ever met. . . . He has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of the children he serves . . .This man who is deeply passionate about meeting the needs of children who face - and present - significant challenges in the school setting." Donna Tinberg Director of Student Services Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"David has given unselfishly of his time to conduct invaluable behavior intervention seminars and workshops for our staff and faculty. Faculty trust him and they seek him out for assistance and advise. David is a thoughtful and reflective individual with a quiet but commanding presence. He is a mature, courageous man who has immediate respect of others. He is honorable and deep. He is the kind of individual one would trust with an assignment, a confidence or child's welfare. He is a team player but an independent thinker and self-starter. David is able to communicate with parents and conveys understanding of their children's educational needs. David makes the parents and students at ease as he answers questions and explains thoroughly his findings. He is a very caring and empathetic individual whose warmth and compassion puts others at ease . . . Thus, he is well liked and respected by his peers, parents, and students."
Milan Obrenovich Principal Novi Middle School Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"Dear Mr. Kenney,
Thank you for your excellent presentation on "Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques". The staff at the University of Detroit Dental School found it most informative and enjoyable. Your enthusiastic method of presentation and your knowledge of the subject matter combined to result in an informative and enjoyable experience for us." Richard E. Kalh, D.D.S., M.B.A Director of Clinics University of Detroit-Mercy
"It is obvious upon meeting Mr. Kenney that he is an exceptionally bright, very open, warm and personable man . . . What proved to be an especially valuable asset is his innate ability to use himself and give of himself freely to those he interacts with . . . Mr. Kenney is the type of man who brings with him in whatever endeavor he attempts, an air of relaxed, easy-going and accepting attitude."
Lorna Lee Spica, Ph.D. Psychologist Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital ________________________________________________________________
"David has been a valuable asset to our staff and has done a tremendous job . . . he has consistently demonstrated a dedication and genuine desire in helping students and their families. He consistently acts as the students’ advocate always putting their needs first. David also has an exceptional way of communicating and relating to students and parents so that they understand very complex information such as standardized test scores, the special education process, or various disabilities. He uses humor, analogies, metaphors, examples of his own life experiences to help relate the information to families and students . . . David is a truth seeker . . . David has a way of making everyone he is around including staff and families, feel at ease and trust his professional judgment. The students have reported that they feel very comfortable and safe with David. He truly cares for students and their families and has made it evident that it is more a passion than a job."
Alison Larson, M.S. CCC-SLP Speech - Language Pathologist Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"I'd like you to know that David's talk and discussion with parents were exceptionally well received. People felt comfortable with him and his advice was practical and able to be put to immediate use."
Jackie Lawrence Principal Novi Woods Elementary School Novi Community Schools
"Behavior Intervention Plans in our school are never quite as effective without being touched by the hand of David Kenney. David’s skill at understanding childhood behavior and what that behavior communicates regarding their needs leads to plans that all participants buy into and are effective in molding positive behavioral outcomes for students . . . David always works from a place of compassion, capitalizing on student strengths, and reinforcing the positives. His skilled use of applied behavioral analysis helps educational teams uncover root causes of unwanted behaviors. Where David has made his greatest impact professionally may well be in his ability to inspire and teach the professionals around him. He elevates the work of others by unselfishly giving of his own knowledge, wisdom, and time . . . Not only has David been a professional mentor to me, but a personal mentor as well. David provides me wise counsel on how to embrace and foster my child with unique gifts and needs."
Alison Burg Teacher Consultant for Special Education Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"Dave is a tremendous asset to our team and our students. I have learned something from him in every meeting that we have had together. He has such a wealth of knowledge and experience that he brings to each situation and is able to express that with care and compassion. He has been able to work with some of our most challenging students and provide them with a safe environment to express their feelings as well as working through their issues of concern. Dave has the innate ability to connect with the students and families that he has worked with to earn their trust and respect as well. I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Dave. He is a wonderful source of support to me not only professionally but personally. He is truly one of the most kind, caring and genuine people that I know. "
Kristin Weinbeck Corrion, SSW, LMSW School Social Worker Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________ "David’s priority in his job has always been students’ best interest. Often time, David goes beyond his job description when providing for the needs of children . . . David has a wealth of knowledge to share not only with his colleagues but with students and parents . . . David is able to deliver information in a compassionate manner taking into account the sensitivity of the situation . . . David is a well respected colleague within the district. He works collaborate . . . and exhibits positive leadership . . . David is committed to providing the best programs and services to students."
Colleen M. Ponte, M.A. CCC-SLP Speech - Language Pathologist Novi Community Schools ________________________________________________________________
"I have had the pleasure of working with David . . . His love for the well-being of kids, along with his knowledge and personality, he will be an amazing asset . . . David is child-centered and operates according to what is best for students on a daily basis. He would frequently give up his personal time in order to meet the needs of students. Lunchtime made a difference for many of the students that David worked with. He would not only eat lunch with various students, but take the time to talk with them and get to know them on a deeper level. The kids adored eating lunch with David! David is a unique person who has a genuine love of children."
Sally Chandler Fourth Grade Teacher Novi Woods Elementary Novi Community Schools
"David is an impressive school psychologist who has a tremendous amount and experience . . . He is impressive in the manner in which he handles duties and responsibilities, demonstrating strong leadership skills and initiative. David has been the president of the Michigan Association of School Psychologists in the past and has presented at various state conferences. He is exceptionally focused, well-rounded and multi-talented, leading by example. He is very well respected by the teaching staff, who many times welcomes his suggestions ... David is an excellent role model for his peers and colleagues. He interacts well with people of all ages, manifesting a positive attitude, a good sense of humor, and a kind personality. He is also an independent thinker and a hard worker. He is willing to help out when needed and has even attended field trips . . . His personality and character exemplify a person who believes in a strong work ethic, a person who is focused, and committed to excellence. He maintains a set of personal standards that are high achieving."
Joann Kefalas Special Education Teacher Consultant Novi Community Schools
Barbara Kenney ranks among the highest of those with whom I've had the pleasure to work with . . . her knowledge, her maturity, and her social consciousness benefits all. I atest to her intelligence, competence, and her professionalism. Possessed with unusually strong inter-personal skills as well as empathy and compassion for others, Mrs. Kenney represents the best that an educator can be.
"Mrs. Kenney has functioned most successfully as both an administrator and teacher . . . Demonstrates a sound understanding of pedagogy, which enables her students to successfully learn challenging material. Her training as a social worker has helped to hone her ability to relate to adult learners with a variety of learning needs and challenges. Mrs. Kenney's effectiveness in working with students can largely be attributed to her high standards of professionalism, communication abilities, compassion, organization alabilities and her enjoyable sense of humor."
"Mrs. Kenney works with a students in a variety of ways to convey information, and uses best practices in teaching techniques to engage student. We have several instructors teaching medical terminology; Mrs. Kenney is the only one who without fail meets the needs of all her student."
"Barb has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. She is highly respected, as both a person and a professional, by colleagues, employees, and students."
"Barbara Kenney is a person of the finest qualities and character, intelligence, curiosity, and achievement. She is deeply devoted to the advocacy of education . . . developing strong, supportive relationships with her co-workers."
"Barbara Kenney is an active educator with eminent ideals, academic excellence and unparalleled professionalism. She has always enjoyed the challenge and experience of working collaboratively with faculty and student . . . I have immense admiration for her."
Rennell L. Rice, B.A., M.A.T
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