Military Connected Student Resources

Henderson Elementary School is dedicated to serving our military-connected families. With the Pentagon, Ft. Belvoir, and Marine Corps Base Quantico so close we are fortunate to have many military-connected families in our school community. We strive to serve these families by recognizing the challenges and sacrifices of frequent moves and transitions. At Henderson, we want to make sure every student feels like Henderson is a place where they belong and a place where they can feel at home.

Our school counselors are here to help you make a smooth transition to becoming part of the Henderson family. Please contact the school counselors with any questions or concerns you have.

Lauren Heller 
Henderson Elementary School Counselor

Katie Choi
Henderson Elementary School Counselor,Monday-Tuesday

Military Family Life Counselor
All counselors may also be reached by phone at 703-670-2885.

PWCS Military Connected Family Resources and Information:

Connect with our Henderson Military Parent FaceBook Group:

PWCS Military Liaison Contact Information

Courtney Power

Project Director - 2019 DoDEA Military Grant
Prince William County Public Schools
Office of Student Services
Follow along on Facebook or Twitter: @PWCSMilKids

MCB Quantico School Liaison Officer 

Little Hall 2nd floor
North Wing 2034 Barnett Avenue 
Quantico, VA 22134
Phone: 703.789.3458 

Fort Belvoir School Liaisons

9800 Belvoir Road, Building 200 Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Phone: 703.805.9119 

Available Services and Adherence to Military Interstate Children’s Compact

Our reading specialist is Kimberly Bird. As Reading Specialist, her prime responsibility is the literacy learning of our students. This translates into many diverse roles including PALS testing and Every Minute Counts, our reading incentive program.

English Language Learners
Our ESOL team includes Lisa Jacobsmeyer, Michele Cantrell, and Robin Corwin. The ESOL team teaches lessons that support your student's academic language development. ESOL teachers work with small groups of students to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. We collaborate with classroom teachers to connect our lessons to the content--reading, math, science, and social studies--and the skills that are being taught in the classroom. Although we work with small groups, we also work in the classroom to support student learning. Our focus is to help students develop academic vocabulary and language skills that will enable them to understand and apply content area learning. 

Special Education 
Our Special Education team is made of Stephanie Bernardi and Carolyn Renk. The Special Education team serves students with IEPs to support their academic success.

Our Gifted Teacher is Colleen Kendrick. 
PWCS honors the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. By the terms of the Compact, PWCS has an obligation to provide like services for children of active duty military parents new to the Division who have documented evidence of receiving gifted services in their prior school system. The student's identification and need for services is honored until a determination is made for identification and placement in the PWCS system. These students should receive services during the IDP (identification) process until they are found eligible or not eligible for services specific to PWCS. 

This based on Article V of Virginia regulation 22.1-360 through 22.1-361. Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children:  
B. Educational program placement. The receiving stat school shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include, but are not limited to, (i) gifted and talented programs and (ii) English as a second language (ESL) programs. This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the students.

Additional Resources 

military colloition  Military Child Education Coalition is a global, non-profit organization that focuses on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. 

military one source  Military OneSource has a wealth of advice and helpful information to connect military families to a wide variety of services, programs, partnerships, and opportunities that are available to military personnel and their families. Two particularly helpful articles include Parenting & Children and For Military Youth and Teens.

The Exceptional Family Member Program: for Families with Special Needs
When your family member has special needs, you have an extra roster of must-do's to be a good guardian of your family. The Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, offers many services for military families. Here are just a few of the ways it can help guide you to the resources your family needs to thrive.