10201 West Bradley Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
​(414) 365-1677
The boards, organizations, awards, recognitions, and honors are too numerous to list in this space. A few notable mentions include: Joe was a Founding Member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE), he was the 2007 Fellowship Open Honoree and served on the President’s Round Table at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Joe worked tirelessly to make a difference in the community.

Joe’s greatest joy came later in life as he spent time with his grandchildren.  Whether it was teaching them how to golf, picking them up from school and hearing about their day, encouraging them to make their best better, or sharing stories of his childhood, every conversation was an opportunity for his memories to be etched in their hearts and minds.

Our beloved Founder went home to Glory in 2014 and we would like to honor him here by sharing his history, passions, and love for education and this academy. 

Our Founder Joe L. Kennedy

His journey of education and excellence continued and Joe was appointed as the principal at West Division High School in 1983.  He was the first and designing principal for the highly reputable Milwaukee High School of the Arts and proudly served until his retirement on June 22, 1990.

Joe L. and Anne B. Kennedy Scholarship Fund. Click on the image to learn more history of this dynamic couple and their passion to work with  students in education.

​Joe used the same drive and determination that he had while marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 60’s to continue working after his Milwaukee Public Schools retirement.   With a vision and an unwavering faith, in 1997 he founded the New Testament Christian Academy where he also served as the academy’s director until his retirement in 2006.  Even after his retirement, he continued selflessly to support the mission of the academy through his time and effort, along with continuous and steadfast prayer.  He most recently served as the Chairman of the School Council and was able to advocate for the academy to be the recipient of a grant through the Fellowship Open, an organization working and supporting organizations which are having a meaningful and demonstrable difference on the lives of youth in the city of Milwaukee.  Joe served on the Honorary Committee and looked forward each year to re-connecting with his peers and friends on the golf course. 
Joe began his life’s passion of education at Roosevelt Junior High School in 1963 and enjoyed six years in the classroom as a history teacher.  During the 70’s and 80’s, he thrived as an assistant principal and principal at Riverside University High School, along with being an interim principal at Lincoln Junior High School.  Joe had a genuine fondness for both high schools and was proud to have served the students during those years.  His smile was radiant whenever he received updates from his former students on the impact that those years had on their lives.