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Erin Kennedy
Worked at Old Chicago
Attended Concordia University, Saint Paul
Lived in lake ronkonkoma, ny
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I'm having a very introspective day. I often do things by myself, and have no problem with it whatsoever. Sometimes I prefer it - I get to do exactly what I want whenever I want to. As an introvert, I tend to process and reflect in my own mind quite a bit. Now. It wasn't always this way.

In the last 2 years I have grown and changed more than in the prior 10. I have become my own person. A self-sustaining individual. From age 19 on I was always in a relationship - and those relationships were all at least a year, the longest and most recent being 6 and and half years. I was focused on being what the other person needed instead of doing things to promote my own growth and betterment. My whole life I strived for complete and utter perfection, both in myself and in all that I did.

In the last year of my longest relationship I found improv. I fell in love instantly. Finally! A place where I could just be me! These people are as socially anxious as I am! They ARE ALLOWED AND ENCOURAGED TO MAKE MISTAKES AND FAIL! I want all of this. While this was helping me thrive as an individual and provided a cool hobby, it was simultaneously turning into the very thing that caused the end of my longest -and I thought last - relationship. I had a voice!

I walked in a graduation ceremony with my Master's Degree in May of 2014. The day prior to this celebration, my bf and I broke up. I'd "changed". The following weeks were spent couch hopping and gathering my things to move out of a house I called mine for 4 years, and saying goodbye to a dog that loved me more than I have ever felt love. I was uprooted. I was suddenly and completely alone. After nearly a decade of being attached to someone else, I was suddenly VERY aware of how 'alone' I was and it was BECAUSE I chose to find things that I loved to do instead of just doing what others loved. Being me caused the greatest upheaval of my life, other than moving from NY to MN at 15 years old.

In the 2 years that followed many things transpired: I moved into an amazing apartment in South Minneapolis that I love. I dated here and there. I was hurt. I learned what a broken heart truly feels like. I changed jobs. I became much more active in the Minneapolis improv community than I ever imagined I could. I was in 3 shows in 2 Fringe Festivals. I experienced many audition 'failures'. I experienced a few amazing audition 'wins'. But most importantly of all.... I found me. I am still socially anxious. I am still not in shape. I am still seeking approval constantly from others. But, I am also a performer. I am a great teacher. I can still dance. I am lucky to have amazing friends. I am a catch. I'm happy, through and through.

That's a pretty cool thing to realize at nearly 33 years old. Am I married with 2.5 children, a house, picket fence, and minivan? Nope. And I don't need to be. I need to be me. And I'm happy to be where I am in this life. 
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I am quite the overachiever... Last Master's course and Comprehensive paper; New school with my own curriculum to adjust to the needs of my kiddos; Potentially teaching an after-school improv class to middle schoolers T/Th's starting Oct; Fall softball Thursdays; HUGE 401 class on Sundays; 4 fantasy football leagues. I don't know HOW she does it. 

No really. I don't know how.
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Work
Employment
  • Old Chicago
    Server, 2003 - 2012
  • ISD 623: Roseville Area School District
    Teacher, 2008 - 2012
  • Hmong College Prep Academy
    1st Grade Teacher, 2013 - present
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Previously
lake ronkonkoma, ny - roseville, mn
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Education
  • Concordia University, Saint Paul
    BA: Elementary Education, 2005 - 2007
  • Concordia University, Saint Paul
    MA: Early Childhood Education, 2012
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Female