Jahlieh Henderson ’10, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, works as a special educator at Columbus High School in Columbus. Her work in aligning curriculum to the Common Core State Standards and the Essential Elements has earned her the 2014 June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award from TASH, a national organization whose goal is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
Coordinating closely with educators to ensure instruction is relevant and engaging for their students with significant needs, Jahlieh serves as a leader within the school. She advocates for inclusionary practices while maintaining high expectations.
Jahlieh also runs a Special Olympics initiative called Project Unify, a group for students with and without intellectual disabilities that promotes acceptance and inclusion for all. Project Unify facilitates unified sports activities and social justice campaigns throughout the school and district.
Jahlieh said that her initial teaching experiences while she was a UW-Eau Claire student were integral to her growth as an educator.
“While classes at UW-Eau Claire prepared me academically, my student teaching experiences at both Mondovi Middle School and Chippewa Falls High School truly gave me an authentic, relevant opportunity to develop and practice my personal teaching style,” Jahlieh said.
Jahlieh currently is pursuing her master’s degree in special education with certifications in transition, applied behavior analysis and autism. She thanks her students for making every day an exciting and rewarding adventure.
Photo caption: Henderson, right, with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.