From the Superintendent

Dr. Monica Henson is a superintendent with a uniquely varied set of experiences gained from leadership roles that span the East Coast from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire to North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Dr. Henson was an acclaimed National Board Certified Teacher before proceeding to hold a series of progressively responsible leadership roles. She has served as a high school department chair, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, regional administrator, and superintendent in district, charter, and independent public schools, including statewide school system leadership.

Dr. Henson grew up in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina in a family of several educators. Her paternal grandfather was principal of a community schoolhouse in the mountains, and her maternal grandmother taught second grade in the mountains for 39 years. Dr. Henson was the third generation of her family to attend college, which was unusual for the Southern Appalachian region forty years ago.

After earning a full academic scholarship to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Dr. Henson considered a career as an attorney and attended law school at the University of Georgia before deciding to enter the classroom as a high school English teacher and basketball coach in Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia’s largest school district. She took several years at home when her children began to arrive before moving to Massachusetts and earning a National Board Certificate when she returned to the classroom. During her years as a stay-at-home mother, she coordinated adult and youth sports programs at the local YMCA and became a high school sports official, traveling across metropolitan Atlanta for basketball games and western North Carolina for basketball games and volleyball matches. Dr. Henson was one of the first women in Georgia to officiate boys’ varsity high school basketball beginning in the mid-1980s.

Dr. Henson’s preparation for educational leadership is exemplary. She earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and a doctorate in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Florida. She is a diplomate in educational policy and leadership of the Hunt Institute at Duke University and a member of the National Superintendents Academy. She has settled in Auburn, Maine, and attends Pathway Vineyard Church there. Dr. Henson looks forward to becoming an active participant in the Oxford Hills community.

 

Dr Henson can be reached directly via email: m.henson@msad17.org

 

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