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Kaya Henderson

Chancellor , DC Public Schools

On June 21, 2011, the DC Council confirmed Kaya Henderson as Chancellor of DC Public Schools. A native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Henderson was born on July 1, 1970, and attended Mt. Vernon public schools, where she graduated from Mt. Vernon High School with honors. Henderson was strongly influenced by her late mother, Kathleen Henderson, an educator who became a school principal at the age of 30.

Kaya Henderson received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and her Master of Arts in leadership, also from Georgetown University. Her education career began as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx. After serving as a teacher, Kaya Henderson went on to work as a recruiter, national admissions director, and DC Executive Director for Teach for America.