Nelson County Schools
May 13th, 2019
Superintendent Wes Bradley announced that Teresa Henderson has been named the principal for the Nelson County Early Learning Center for the 2019-2020 school year.
“Teresa’s leadership over the past two years as an Early Childhood Education Teacher at Nelson County High School has been a model for the state,” Bradley commented. “Teresa is a visionary, with a powerful belief system that guides her leadership. We are confident Mrs. Henderson will build upon the strong foundation Mrs. Walker has built at the Nelson County Early Learning Center”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to imagine and create the Npossible at the Early Learning Center,” Henderson shared. “I am eager to bring my skills and passion for Early Childhood Education to the Early Learning Center and work with an amazing team of teachers, students, parents, and our community as a partner in education to ensure all children succeed”
An educator since 2009, Henderson’s early childhood journey started teaching infants through preschool children while working on her Family and Consumer Science degree at Madonna University. Upon graduation Henderson started as an FCS educator focusing on Early Childhood Education and has since trained high school students in the Early Childhood Education pathway preparing students for this career. Mrs. Henderson, received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University.
Building a Community of Educators
In the past two years the Early Childhood Education pathway, led by Henderson, at Nelson County High School has connected with multiple early learning centers in Nelson County providing opportunities for High School students to utilize job shadows, internships, co-op and apprenticeships. Students in the ECE pathway have the opportunity to partner with early learning centers to complete their Child Development Associates Credential as well as ECTC to complete courses towards their IECE degree providing powerful opportunities for our students.
Laura Arnold, Workforce Development Director added, “As Nelson County Schools creates the Early Childhood Youth Apprenticeship Program Teresa is a perfect fit to lead this experience at the Early Learning Center. She is an expert in the field of early childhood education and will provide unique experiences for our students as we partner to create a non-traditional youth apprenticeship program.”
Tiffanie Clark, Nelson County Gifted Minds Director added, “Teresa’s knowledge and expertise in the field of early childhood development brings broad perspective to learning in the preschool environment. Her energy is contagious and her passion for students and learning is evident in her presence, vision, and commitment to community partnerships. We are extremely excited to see her work at the Early Learning Center come to life!”
“This is the beginning of a child’s education experience and building a foundation for which the child's education can grow and prosper will be our main focus at the ELC, ensuring each child will leave prepared for the next phase of their journey.” states Henderson
A celebration and reception for the new principal will be scheduled at a later date.