Michelle Kennedy, research associate, has expertise in program management, instructional design, and science education, including high school computer science (CS), data science, artificial intelligence (AI), engineering, chemistry, and biology. She supports two Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) projects, including Improving Equity in AP CS Principles and a research-practice partnership with the New York City (NYC) Department of Education’s CS Education team.

Before joining EDC, Kennedy was a high school STEM program manager at the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Center in Colorado. She served as director of Computer Science Academics for the NYC Department of Education, providing support for CS teachers in NYC and developing a CS teacher leadership program. She also taught high school science and CS courses in chemistry, biotechnology, AI, and data science.

Kennedy regularly shares her findings at national conferences. Most recently, she presented at RESPECT 2022.

Kennedy holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a MA in Chemistry Education from Hunter College in New York City.