P-12 Policy Fellow
Kynnedy is a P-12 policy fellow. In this role, she assesses new and existing policies, data, and research to further inform and promote education justice in Tennessee.
Prior to joining The Education Trust – Tennessee, Kynnedy was a TedxMemphis speaker presenting on Race and Politics in a Digital Age. She was also part of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, where she researched Black male educators and how they help Black students with their racial identity development. Additionally, she worked for the Office of Equity and Access at Memphis Shelby County Schools to design and draft their first equity handbook. She began her career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator at Power Center Academy Elementary School.
A native Memphian, Kynnedy obtained a master’s degree in leadership and policy studies from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in Africana studies from Rhodes College.
Completing my master’s while pregnant and after giving birth
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Immersing myself in the educational landscape in Memphis as a student, scholar, and educator allowed me to understand the intersectionalities between the classroom and education policies. Bridging these experiences exposed me to barriers teachers and students face and how the solutions to those are not always linear and require policy change. This, coupled with successful actions implemented by The Education Trust, amplifies my eagerness to be a part of a group of changemakers doing crucial and amazing work.