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Faculty Spotlight: Kenna Noone-Kirkpatrick
Kenna Noone-Kirkpatrick served as a full-time social science professor at Seminole State College for nearly 28 years before retiring in 2009. She continues to teach at the College on a part-time basis.
Over the course of her career, Professor Noone-Kirkpatrick has spent considerable time in Central America sharing her expertise, doing fieldwork, studying and leading educational tours with Seminole State College students. Her most recent experiences include conducting research on water in Costa Rica (2006) and Cuba (2007). In September 2007, she was asked to appear on "The Daily Buzz" show on behalf of the Florida Academy of Science as a Mayan expert.
According to Professor Noone-Kirkpatrick, the international accomplishments she holds most dear are working with Seminole State students to build a 3,500-volume library in Coba, Mexico, and starting another library in Tulum, Mexico. She also was able to serve as an international observer of the Mexican presidential elections, and to help La Universidad de Quintana Roo develop the curriculum for its campus in Tulum, Mexico.
Professor Noone-Kirkpatrick received Seminole State's 1998 Pathfinder Award for her work with the Collegewide project "El Proyecto de Mexico: Amistad." She also was a finalist that year for the Florida Association of Community College's Professor of the Year award.
Professor Noone-Kirkpatrick has a bachelor's degree from Georgia State University, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science degree in School Psychology from Florida State University, and a Maya Graduate Certificate from the University of Central Florida. She also has completed graduate work in anthropology at the Universidad Autonomo De Yucatan.
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