Kim Henderson was elected and began her term as president of the Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers Inc., also known as Tennessee PTA, on July 1.
Tennessee PTA was established in 1911 and has a legacy of giving a voice to the thousands of children and families in Tennessee.
Henderson started her PTA journey when her son first started school in a special education preschool. He is nonverbal, and she knew she had to speak for him to make sure he could have all the opportunities possible in the education system. Her passion continued as her daughter started kindergarten, and she has served as a local PTA president at both of her childrens’ schools and has been an advocate for all children ever since.
Henderson lived in Wisconsin, where she served as the Wisconsin State PTA president and also served on the National PTA Special Needs Committee. She was also an employee of multiple school districts, working in a variety of positions, and understands education from both the school district and parent view.
In 2015, Henderson, her husband and son relocated to Franklin, where she continued her service to PTA by serving on the Tennessee State PTA Board of Directors as well as on the National PTA Field Service committee. She has received the PTA Honorary Life Achievement award in both California and Wisconsin. She is also a National PTA TCBI trainer and has a corporate background in software training. Her husband and both her children are also active in PTA.
When asked why she is still involved in PTA after her children have graduated, she gave an easy answer.
“Because there is still work to be done,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if the children are mine, my grandchildren, neighbors or those I have never met, each child deserves the opportunity to receive a great education.”
One of Henderson’s favorite quotes by Gordon B. Hinckley states, “Education is the key to opportunity.”
The mission of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Henderson is working to provide opportunities to all students by engaging all who have an interest in the children and youth of Tennessee to help their voices be heard. All people bring something to the table and each needs to feel welcomed, empowered and have the information and tools they need to help children and youth.
Henderson believes it is all about relationships and the need to put our differences aside and think about the best way to serve children.
Tennessee PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved to make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.
PTA leaders are volunteers. Tennessee PTA has recently received grants in the areas of Transformative Family Engagement and Educational Data and is holding local workshops and focus groups to discuss how to involve all in the education of each child.
To get involved in PTA or to receive more information about Tennessee PTA, visit www.tnpta.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.