Not everyone has the ability to soar with everything they do, but Dr. Shanessa Fenner is an exception.
In this interview, we sit down with Dr. Fenner, a true Renaissance woman whose accomplishments span a dazzling array of fields. Dr. Fenner, currently an elementary school principal with a wealth of experience in educational leadership, is also an accomplished writer, with her work gracing the pages of renowned publications like Up & Coming Weekly, Women’s View, Sheen Magazine, and more. Her influence doesn’t stop there – she’s a print model, motivational speaker, actress, and the host of her own TV show, “The Bronco Exchange.” Dr. Fenner’s dynamic career includes stints as a radio personality, a podcast host, an adjunct professor, and even a licensed insurance agent.
Educationally, Dr. Fenner’s journey is equally impressive, with a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, two master’s degrees in Elementary Education and School Administration from Fayetteville State University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the same institution. She’s a recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Principal Fellows Scholarship and a proud new member of Power (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized). Her accolades extend to national recognition, with features in Ebony Magazine and Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine.
As a woman of diverse talents and boundless ambition, Dr. Shanessa Fenner has left an indelible mark on her community and beyond. Join us as we delve into her extraordinary journey and discover how she continues to soar with every endeavor.
Fancy: You’ve accomplished so much! What do you consider your biggest accomplishment from everything you’ve done so far?
Dr. Fenner: My biggest accomplishment would be obtaining my Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree while being a principal, TV show host, radio personality, writer, songwriter, and more. I have excellent time management skills. It was an arduous task, but I remained steadfast and did it!
Fancy: Tell us about your latest venture, The City Insight Podcast.
Dr. Fenner: I am a podcast host, and I love it. I interview individuals from all walks of life, and we have authentic conversations about their journeys and struggles. I like to ask the questions that people are afraid to ask.
Fancy: What’s one tip you would give first-year teachers?
Dr. Fenner: I tell my first-year teachers to build meaningful relationships with their mentors, colleagues, students, and parents. Building solid and authentic relationships is the root of being a great teacher.
Fancy: Which came first, your love for education or your love for media?
Dr. Fenner: My love for education came first, and my love for media transpired when various individuals believed in me and asked me to be a part of their productions. I was asked to be a radio personality, and I was asked to be the host of a TV show. As far as writing, I was asked to write for various publications and sought out writing for various publications. In reference to my songwriting, I was asked to co-write two songs for two artists’ albums. I was also asked to be featured on Southern Soul Artist Carl Marshall’s song “Leave That Man’s Wife Alone.” I am the female that you hear at the beginning of the song. I was also asked to be the host of the podcast that I am presently doing now.
Fancy: What advice would you give other multi-hyphenate women about being successful?
Dr. Fenner: Continue to hone your talents and never compare yourself to others. Say yes to opportunities because you may end up loving them. Never let anyone underestimate you, try to dim your light, or write you off. You show them who you are and what you represent because seeing is believing. Know what your superpower is, and always give praise and thanks to God.
Fancy: How would you describe your SwagGer? What makes Dr. Fenner, Dr. Fenner?
Dr. Fenner: My SwagHer is chill and laid back. What makes Dr. Fenner is how she lays low and quiet and then comes out with a project that gets international recognition and attention.
Fancy: Are you working on any other projects that you care to share about?
Dr. Fenner: I am always working on something. I am working on a few projects now, but I work in silence.
Fancy: Where can readers connect with you?
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