Meet The Principal

Jodi Kennedy, Principal

Jodi Kennedy is the Principal at Garfield Elementary School. She has 23 years of experience working in elementary education, the past seven as a building leader. Her undergraduate degree is from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Educational Administration license are from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Her desire to be a part of the Brainerd Public Schools was driven by the district’s long history of excellence, leadership in elementary literacy instruction, high quality of professional development opportunities for staff, and the beauty of the Brainerd Lakes Area and all it offers for recreation.


Mrs. Kennedy believes in the power of developing positive meaningful relationships with students, families, staff and her community.  She is passionate about providing both students and families the best educational experience possible and believes that when schools and families work together, great learning happens! As a leader, her biggest goal is to inspire others to work their hardest and do their best.


In her spare time Mrs. Kennedy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and exploring the outdoors, and enjoying a great book!


     Jodi Kennedy

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