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St. Francis Episcopal introduces head of Upper School

April 17, 2018

St. Francis Episcopal School has announced that Cara Henderson will be the new head of Upper School.

Henderson joins St. Francis with 25 years of teaching and educational leadership experience, having worked at both public and private institutions and levels ranging from elementary through undergraduate.

“We are excited to welcome Cara Henderson to the St. Francis community and family,” said Head of School Stephen Lovejoy. “Her focus on thoughtful communication, authenticity, and roll-up-your-sleeves hard work reinforces the solid foundation already laid for our newest division.”

Most recently, Henderson served as interim dean of students, director of student life, director of special programs, and world languages chair, as well as Spanish teacher, at the Emery/Weiner School. She also spent 10 years at St. John’s School as both teacher and world languages chair, for which she recruited and mentored a team of more than 25 educators.

Whether she’s face-to-face with students or peers, Henderson considers her role as a learning facilitator to be her highest calling.

“Teachers are charged with harnessing our students’ natural curiosity and channeling it as we guide them through the inquiry process,” said Henderson. “I truly believe that learning is most meaningful when contextualized within real-life experiences.”

Henderson is currently working toward a spring doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. While nearly 20 years of her experience has been at the high school level, she also served as a Spanish professor at the University of North Carolina.