Teachers are arguably the backbones of society, and there’s no question they’re the backbones of schools. So a teacher representing their craft is truly a gift, and this month, we pay tribute to one of Pike Road’s finest teachers, Daisha Henderson.
Since 2017, Ms. Henderson’s passion for teaching has only blossomed. With a degree in Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education K-6 and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leader, she’s putting her expertise to work at Pike Road Elementary School.
“Second grade is the sweet spot! Teaching second grade is the absolute best.” Ms. Henderson shares her enthusiasm as she embraces changing the lives of learners at a tender age. She believes that although they’re still playful and innocent, they also gain more confidence and independence. Ms. Henderson loves witnessing them as they begin to think critically and defend their thinking.
As Ms. Henderson entered the doors of Pike Road Elementary, her zest for teaching heightened as she witnessed an environment dedicated to student-centered learning. The school believes teachers are designers, facilitators, and navigators who improve the learning experience. This belief assured her that her role at PRES would always be respected and valued. She shares, “Those attributes with the community and culture at Pike Road made deciding to join the Patriot family effortless.”
Her classroom is her place to connect with her students in ways that only she can, and her teaching goals include providing quality learning, engaging the community, and developing expertise. “I want to provide learning opportunities for all students and motivate them to take ownership of their learning.”
Ms. Henderson believes teaching means uplifting, nurturing, inspiring, and empowering her students. Her learners are at the center of everything she does as a teacher. Her students need to know that she values them and their interests.
Teaching and education will forever be an undeniable passion for Ms. Henderson, as she can’t imagine herself working outside the field of education. In the future, she plans to transition into a school leadership role when the time is right.
Daisha Henderson was born in Charleston, SC. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in 2013 and taught for two years at MPS.