Queens Principal


“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  These timeless words from Nelson Mandela encapsulate a UNIS education. Our commitment to the mission of the United Nations is the foundation of a program of instruction like no other.  Whether locally or globally, in the public sector or in private industry,  in the arts or the sciences, UNIS students are prepared and empowered to shape a better world.”

Barbara Kennedy, Queens Campus Principal

Barbara Kennedy joined the Queens campus in 1991. Over subsequent years, she has served as school counselor, interim principal and in 2017 Barbara became the Queens campus principal. 

Before joining UNIS, Barbara was a middle school math and homeroom teacher.Barbara received degrees in Psychology and Education from Queens College. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as in School Counseling, both from Hofstra University and has New York State certification in those areas. In addition she has done graduate work in Educational Administration at Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus.

Barbara's work in learning support and counseling have shaped her belief in the importance of recognizing each student as an individual learner, as well as a member of a class community. With that recognition comes the understanding that school is about much more than pure academics; that for students to be successful, they must feel safe, valued and supported. As both an educator and a parent, Barbara believes that a collaborative relationship between school and home enhances the educational experience for the student. She sees these beliefs as foundational to a student-centered approach.

Barbara’s primary professional area of interest is curriculum development and assessment and she has served on numerous curriculum committees at UNIS, including as co-chair of the Curriculum Sub-committee during UNIS’ previous CIS accreditation. Barbara has also attended the Principals’ Training Center, along with professional development in a number of areas related to curriculum and assessment.