Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Kennebrew.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Honestly, I come from the lineage of two parents who working in the Muscogee county school system. My father passed away at the age of 37 as an assistant principal when I was two and a half years old. My mother was a speech pathologist for 30 years. I attended public school in Muscogee county at the following schools; Forrest Road Elementary, Cusseta Road Elementary, and Dimon Magnet Academy, Richards Middle School, and lastly George Washington Carver High School.
My parents were active members in our church Faith Worship Center and I am active as well until this day serving as an Armorbearer. My tenth-grade year of high school after considering what I would major in as an adult, I turned to my mom and said “Mom I know what I want to be and that’s a teacher”. My mom responded with “what do you want me to buy you”, because before this I swore I would never become a teacher. I continued volunteering at various locations including field days, the YMCA, attending schools to read and mentor to our next generation. I started to see the impact I was making and that it was very beneficial. After I graduated high school, I enrolled into Columbus State University who has one of the top teaching programs in the state. After much opposition, challenges, and not giving up I finished as the only male in the early childhood education program. This would have not been possible without me persevering and adapting my idol Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” which is to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself and a quest to try to be better than you were the previous day.
Before graduation, I signed a contract through the partnership between Muscogee County School district and Columbus State University where teacher majors are offered employment once completing all steps of the education program. Presently I’m a first grade teacher at Georgetown Elementary where I’m glad to be and goal is to be a school of high expectations. My class has a motto that we say every day which is “Can’t stop, Won’t stop”. This serves as a sense of motivation to keep pushing despite what they may see and to never quit!
Has it been a smooth road?
No not at all it hasn’t been a smooth road but as my bishop at church has taught me “Faith isn’t faith until it is tried”. Once I bought into that saying whenever faced with difficult times I placed my situation in God’s hands to see me through and lead my pathway. Initially, you have to have a specific gpa to be admitted into the teacher Ed program, an assortment of classes to take, but most importantly passing the GACE admission test. I was nervous and didn’t pass the reading part the first time. I was down on myself, but after talking to one of my professors who had the same issue it gave me confidence to try again. Once I passed that gave me the boost I needed to keep going. What also kept me going was my mother’s love and support when I would get down on myself. She told me “God destined me for such a time as this and never question his decisions”. Well she was right because the individuals I met along the way may have not been possible if everything happened the way I wanted it to. With God he blesses us with more than enough when we trust and believe. When we want things on our time opposed to God’s time we may not receive the fullness of what he has in store for us.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I am a first grade teacher at Georgetown Elementary where I specialize in motivation, encouraging, and inspiring young minds to grow and be productive in all areas of life despite what they may see. I’m known for having a good listening ear to friends and family. I am told that I listen well and give great advice that pays off in the long run. In life, I love to keep a positive mindset, whenever anybody says “I can’t” I immediately redirect them to say “I can”. In life you must speak positive thoughts, there is no room for negativity whatsoever. I’m most proud that I have a strong relationship with my savior Jesus Christ, where I’m growing and allowing his light to shine through me whenever I speak or wherever I go. What sets me apart is I’m not ashamed of who God is in my life, because he has never led me astray. Although I’ve had to be disciplined by him in life, the word says “he chases who he loves” so I know he loves me and I love him. This allows people to know I’m human and not perfect but he still has my back through it all. My mom is my biggest supporter and at the age of three I promised her I would make something out of myself. To say I’ve kept my promise is big because I aim to keep my word through everything. As long as I’m able to look back at my life and see that I’m better today than I was yesterday I’m still growing in my purpose.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think that more men should look into education because they do matter and it is a strong need for them in the school system. A lot of kids don’t have father figures whom inspire them to be better. When you have someone who believes in you and wants you to win that only gives the extra motivation needed to withstand any test you may face. As a young student, I can recall men always being in my elementary school who were giving back their time and efforts to help us be better. For individuals looking to see if teaching is for them volunteer at your local recreation center, YMCA, or Boys and Girls club. Even if teaching isn’t your cup of tea being willing to mentor a young man or woman is giving back more than you know. You can surely turn a student’s mindset around with positive affirmations and ideas that will lead and guide them.
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Tyree Ward of shutter kingz photography &nytevision. He was the photographer of my personal photo.