Title: Physical Education Educator; Consultant; Sports Official
Location: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Susan Orpha Kennedy, PhD, Physical Education Educator, Consultant, and Sports Official, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
According to Dr. Kennedy, one with a physically active body will have a physically active mind. A former young athlete, she knows firsthand how rewarding participating in physical activities can be. When debating her choice for a future profession, she knew that she wanted to help young children find their athletic strengths, which is how she became a teacher, coach, and athletic trainer. She initially earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Ithaca College in 1973, which was followed by a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Kennedy later returned to her studies to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in physical education from Texas Women’s University.
Dr. Kennedy began her career as a teacher and coach at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT. She remained in these positions until she relocated to complete her requirements as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon in 1976. In 1978, she accepted the position of a substitute teacher and the girls’ basketball coach at Lake County School District #7. In the 1980s, she provided her wealth of knowledge to students of a higher age range, flourishing an instructor, coach and an athletic trainer at Chadron State College in Nebraska. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she served as a research assistant at Texas Women’s University. Despite retiring, Dr. Kennedy continued to work on the adjunct faculty at the University of North Texas until 1990.
Though she was formally retired, Dr. Kennedy had participated as an official with the United States Field Hockey Association, the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association, and the Connecticut Field Hockey Officials, among several other organizations, until 2012. She remains active in her areas of interest today as a sectional official. Alongside her primary roles, Dr. Kennedy has found success as an author as well, contributing numerous articles to professional journals.
In recognition of her professional success, Dr. Kennedy has received numerous accolades. She has been notably presented with the Ellen Carder Memorial Award from the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut, the Official of the Year Award from the Nutmeg State Games and the Outstanding Official Award from the Connecticut Field Hockey Association, among others. Most recently, Dr. Kennedy was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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