By Karen A. Walker
In the words of the American writer William Arthur Ward, ”The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The wise teacher inspires.”
Kenneth Farr, M.A., the new principal at St. David Catholic School in Richmond as of July 1, inspires.
To become principal at age 26, after just five years as a beloved homeroom and 5th grade teacher at the school he attended a decade earlier and after being honored in 2017 as KRON 4 Teacher of the Week, demonstrates without words the remarkable character and leadership gifts of this young man.
“He has a unique gift of making each student feel special,” KRON 4 culled from those who nominated Kenneth. “He gives freely of his time and effort and demands that each students report to school each day “ready to learn.” ... He is in constant communication with parents and always available... always stepping up ... most recently, he took on the role as coach for the 8th grade basketball coach rather than have the students forfeit the season...”
But for Kenneth, although he is grateful and appreciative of the honor, he’s just following his dream and doing what he loves to do: Inspire others, especially those who need it most.
Just following his dream
“I knew that I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age,” says Farr. “My teachers always inspired me through their constant effort to making learning fun. ...Teaching provides me the opportunity to serve children who need adults who inspire them in their lives. ”
“When I was young,” Farr adds, “I always had a dream to come back to St. David School to teach. To be back in a community that played a huge part in the successes I have achieved means the world to me. I am passionate to ensure our students receive a quality education and great experience, just as I once did.”
Kenneth is modest about his achievements.