Shanessa Fenner

Guest Blogger

Principal

Chicago, Illinois

Shanessa Fenner is an elementary principal and has also been a middle school principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, two master’s degrees in elementary education and school administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She also received the North Carolina Principal Fellows Scholarship.

Fenner is very active in her community as well as other things. She has a TV show entitled
“Let’s Talk with Dr. Shanessa Fenner” and is the host of “The Bronco Exchange” which is a TV show for Fayetteville State University. She is also co-host of a radio show called “iTeach.” In her free time, she is an actor and does voiceover work. She is a writer for Up & Coming Weekly, The Fayetteville Press Newspaper, Array Magazine, and many other publications. She is a former radio personality for KISS 107.7 FM.

She has a girl’s group at her school called Dr. Fenner’s Young Women of Distinction. The group meets bi-monthly. Fenner has high expectations for the students at her school and many of her conversations focus around college, lifelong learning, and achieving great things. She believes that people were placed on Earth to do great things and that is what she plans on doing.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2018

How to Talk to Your Child About Bullying

This month is National Bullying Prevention Month. As a principal, have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. I decided to address…

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