For Immediate Release — October 15, 2018 | Americas
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Specialist | 571-372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VA — October 15, 2018 — Dr. Lisa B. Coleman, the Georgia/Alabama Community Superintendent for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas region, has named Dr. Maribeth Henderson as the assistant principal of Stowers Elementary School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Dr. Henderson has more than 25 years of experience in education. She began her educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Throughout her career, she worked as a reading specialist, an English as a Second Language professor, a reading coach, and an instructional support specialist (ISS). Dr. Henderson also has worked in Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, China, and Japan.
In addition to her classroom experience, Dr. Henderson served as an assistant professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. In 2009, she taught Literature and Composition for the University of the Incarnate Word in China. Dr. Henderson worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Texas State University and the University of Texas-San Antonio. She served multiple terms on the board of the Alamo Reading Association, the San Antonio chapter of the Texas/International Reading Association and was the state chairperson for the Texas Reading Association in the field of Early Literacy.
Dr. Henderson previously worked for DoDEA as a Sure Start and kindergarten teacher while stationed in Japan from 2012 to 2014. She also worked as a literacy, social studies, and Early Childhood Education ISS at Fort Stewart, Georgia from 2014 to 2015.
She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education from the University of Arkansas- Little Rock. She also received a Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with a dual emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Literacy Education from the University of Memphis. Her post-doctoral work includes certification as a Reading Recovery teacher and training as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.
Dr. Henderson is from a military family. Her late husband and brother-in-law served honorably in the U.S. Army. Her father and stepfather served in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Henderson has one daughter, who is a high school freshman. Her daughter attended DoDEA schools around the world.
Dr. Henderson and her daughter love to travel, especially internationally.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.