The Awesome Awards - Nominations

Dr. Tameka Henderson

Nominated by Bernice Murphy
April 11, 2015
Dr. Tameka D. Henderson founded New Hope Educational and Children’s Services, Inc., August 2013. Dr. Henderson’s focus has been on raising student achievement for all students, closing the achievement gap, preparing graduates for college and career, and supporting educator effectiveness by making data driven decisions and building common assessments. She has paid particular attention to strengthening reading and math skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Empowering Future Women Mentoring Program and Girls Club is an organization started by Dr. Henderson where she mentors girls ages 13-18 from various socioeconomic backgrounds. The club aims to raise awareness about their physical and mental health, educational development, business development, community awareness and involvement, and culture and diversity awareness. Dr. Henderson has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, an elementary and high school principal, grant writer, consultant, behavior intervention support coach, response to intervention overseer, curriculum, instruction, and assessment coordinator, and an adjunct professor at Belhaven University as an instructor of research. As a principal, Dr. Henderson achieved up to 75% growth among students with special needs and achieved up to a 60% passage rate of students taking standardized tests. In 2007 she had the honor of serving as guest speaker at Mississippi College’s Dyslexia Conference. Dr. Henderson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and the National Association of Professional Women. Dr. Henderson was recognized by her community as 20 of the most influential people under the age of 40 (20 Under 40), Who’s Who Among Students, and appeared on channel WLB T for their Midday report to discuss initiatives of the S.A.V.E. (students against violence everywhere) that she started at Vicksburg High School. Dr. Henderson was also an honoree for the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc., for her contributions in education to her community. A graduate in Early Childhood Education at Jackson State University, Dr. Henderson received her Master’s of Education in Teaching Arts at Mississippi College, and her Specialist and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College. K-12 special education mild/moderate, K-12 school administrator, and 7-12 language arts/reading are among her certifications. She is only 33 years old!