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Educator/ Direct Support Professional

Bartow, Florida, United States
October 20, 2016

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Pedette P. Kennedy

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Winter Haven Florida, 33881


Career Objectives: To develop a successful career in the Education/ Welfare of special needs individuals using the acquired skills and knowledge through varies professional development opportunities and volunteer work. My line of expertise is in the education/ counseling of special needs clients and molding individual to become independent and productive members of society. As well, I display impeccable organizational skills in any setting. I offer a sense of pride in all given tasks.

Summary of Certifications

oCertificate of Merit with Everest University – Lakeland Confidence Program

oS.T.A.R. Substitute Teacher Approved Resources by Polk County Schools

oDEFY-Drug Education for youth-Defy Phase I Program – Lakeland Police

oEnthusiastic in general outlook with a professional manner. Also inspire others to exceed goals. Models self-discipline necessary for success in all endeavors.

Professional Experience:

2015- Present: Florida Mentor Program: Direct Support Professional: I provide direct support, positive direction, and assistance to individuals in accordance with program policies and procedures; and outcome measures.

1995– Present: Polk County Schools: Paraprofessional for 21 years: Assist in a proper Education for Special Needs Students. Supervisor of the choice program -ISS Program. Bill Duncan Opportunity Center, Lakeland Best, AYA for Sable Palms, Doris Sanders Learning Center, Ridge Teen-Parent Program and Don Wood Opportunity Center. Duties: Assisted teacher.

1996-1997 - Winn Dixie: Deli, Cashier. Duties: Greeted customers with a warm smile and over all meet their shopping needs. Help cook some days during cook absence.

1997 -1998: Assistant Track Coach, George Jenkins High School- 2003-2003: Head Track Coach

2003-2005 Bridges of America (Auburndale) Drug & Alcohol Counselor

2006-2009: Assistant Girls Track Coach, Lake Region High School.

Summary of Skills:

Impeccable organizational skills, knowledgeable of word, excel and power-point. Public speaking skills, and type 40 words per minute.


1983 -1986 - Winter Haven High School, Winter Haven Florida,33881

1999 -2001- Florida Metropolitan University, Graduated with AS Criminal Justice Degree

2007 – 2009 – University of Phoenix, Graduated with AA Business Degree

2010-2015 – Pursuing Bachelors of Science in Education/Business degree. (seven classes away from graduating)


First Missionary Baptist Church, Winter Haven Florida (member since 1972).

Polk County School Related Employee (Don Woods Opportunity Center (2012)

Member/Representative of PEA (Polk Education Association)served as building rep (2015-2016)

Polk County School Related employee (Doris Sanders Learning Center (2016)

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