At the NAF Next 2023 conference in Phoenix, a heartwarming full-circle moment unfolded as Julie Kennedy, a remarkable alumna of Miami Beach Senior High’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, received the prestigious NAF Alumni Award. Julie graduated from the academy in 2004 and embarked on a successful career in the hospitality industry before transitioning to education at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Presently, she serves as the NAF Career Academy Facilitator, in M-DCPS Department of Career and Technical Education supporting and nurturing almost 80 programs district-wide.
Julie’s journey from a high school student with a passion for hospitality to a dedicated educator guiding and empowering the next generation of students has been nothing short of inspiring. Her commitment to her own professional growth and her unwavering dedication to the success of others exemplify the transformative power of quality education and the impact of strong career and technical programs.
Receiving the NAF Alumni Award at NAF Next 2023 is a well-deserved recognition of Julie’s remarkable accomplishments and contributions. Her journey symbolizes the meaningful connection between education and career success, and her story resonates deeply with students and educators alike.
Julie’s heartfelt speech, which can be viewed online, serves as a testament to the transformative power of NAF programs and how they can shape individuals’ lives, opening doors to endless possibilities. Her recognition as the recipient of the NAF Alumni Award is a testament to her exceptional achievements and her dedication to guiding students towards fulfilling and successful careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.