Whitney Henderson is the Navigator-In-Chief at Ed Navigator. Ed Navigator is a nonprofit organization that helps busy families and students achieve their educational dreams. The organization’s mission is to empower every family in the United States with access to affordable, high-quality, on-demand support along the path to a great education, from before preschool to college and beyond. Families throughout New Orleans have access to Ed Navigator. Henderson is intentional about authentic community engagement and says that, “It’s time for parents to be treated as full partners in their children’s education, not taken for granted or pushed aside.”
With more than 10 years of education experience, Henderson began her career in education as a teacher and later became a school principal and instructional expert. In 2011, she was awarded the Fishman Prize, a $25,000 award given annually to just four teachers nationwide.
Henderson has a bachelor of arts degree in English and modern foreign languages from Jackson State University and a master of arts in organizational leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She also has an M.Ed. in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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