Alice Henry is a transformational leader with the proven capacity to assess schools with high needs, develop a plan for improvement and execute it to successful completion. Selected in 2009, as turnaround principal for the Johnson School of Excellence, she led the school through dramatic improvements in attendance, academic growth, and improved climate and culture.
Through a partnership with The President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, Turnaround Arts Program, she has used strategic teacher development and research-based arts integration strategies to continue to improve the landscape for children. She consults with schools and school leaders on the effective implementation of arts integration. She has been honored by The Illinois State Board of Education for school improvement, designated as Educator of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa, and honored in city hall by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for excellence in student achievement and growth. Her work as an educator in Chicago caught the eye of the Tennessee Charter School Center during the Spring of 2015.
She was asked to join the Memphis Innovation Challenge Fellowship and agreed to bring a new and innovative approach to the city of Memphis in helping provide high-quality options for our children During her time in Memphis, she has developed strong partnerships with families, organizations, and other local educational leaders. Alice is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.