Hen Kennedy teaches 7th and 8th grade U.S. history and civics at Carl Von Linne Elementary School, a neighborhood school within Chicago Public Schools. Hen is passionate about blending traditional teaching methods with creative teaching strategies that include developmentally-appropriate, play-based curricula. She is also committed to teaching students how to actively engage in their communities’ civic and political processes. Outside of the classroom, Hen works on curriculum and assessment development on a district-wide level. She serves as a REACH Performance Task Assessment writer for her subject area, and is helping to develop an interdisciplinary Latin American Studies curriculum guide for CPS elementary schools. She is excited to join Teach Plus because she is interested in the issues of teacher quality and the professionalization of the teaching field. Hen graduated from Yale University with a BA in literature and from the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program with a MAT.