We are excited to welcome Kenn as the new Admission Assistant in the office of Admissions!
Kenn Rodriguez is a Sunday School dropout and University of New Mexico graduate who spent a wasted youth in a rock band before becoming an award-winning writer.
He was born in Las Vegas, N.M. to a family with roots in Mexico, Northern New Mexico, and the Tennessee hills outside Nashville. He is a descendent of Charlemagne through his great-great-great-great – (big breath) – great grandfather Donaciano Vigil, who was the second territorial governor of New Mexico under U.S. rule (Ask him what happened to the first territorial governor some time!)
Sadly, this is the closest he will ever get to having his own Wikipedia page.
Kenn has worked as a journalist for nearly 30 years. recently, he was the sports editor at the Valencia County News-Bulletin, where he covered three high schools and two towns a one-man sports desk and won numerous awards from the New Mexico Press Association.
He has also worked as a freelance reporter for many other newspapers in the region, beginning with the Albuquerque Journal as a music writer and columnist. At the Journal, he had to opportunity to interview several dozen famous musicians – including singer Melissa Etheridge, John Taylor of Duran Duran, and The Shins (right before they became famous), as well as Lenny Kravitz (who was a big jerk).
Kenn also spent nearly 20 years as a performance poet and youth poetry mentor. He competed at several National Poetry Slams and won the National Poetry Slam championship in 2005 with Team Albuquerque. He also established the ABQUnidos poetry slam team in 2004. In 2010, coached the ABQ Unidos to the finals at the Brave New Voices youth poetry slam, placing fourth out of 60 teams.
Currently Kenn resides in Los Lunas, N.M. with his wonderful wife Kathryn, his effervescent mom-in-law Janelle and Fred, a precocious, spoiled Havapoo.
Kenn is very grateful and happy to join the Menaul School team and hopes to help bring many more great people into the Menaul family for years to come.
Favorite writer: Rod Serling
Favorite actor: Rita Moreno
Favorite quote: “Some days it’s a good day to die. Some days it’s a good day to have breakfast!”– Thomas Builds-The-Fire, from the movie Smoke Signals