Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. My name is Erika Kennedy and this is my seventeenth year at AO Elementary School. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Literacy Education. I am originally from New York but North Carolina is my home. I have a son in 7th Grade at Western Middle School. I know this year is starting off much differetly than other other year has been before but we will get through it together. I am very excited to be teaching your child in fifth grade this year. This year we will experience lots of learning while having a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on Zoom and hopefully in class at the end of the first nine weeks. I strongly believe communication is key through this whole experience so please feel free to email me or message me with any questions or concerns you may have. We are all in this together.