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Henderson Collegiate Elementary School


926 South Carolina Avenue

Henderson, NC 27536

P: (252) 572-2514 F: (252) 572-4399

Founded: Fall 2016

Current Grades Served: K-4

Current Number of Students: 400

School Leadership

Principal: Ashley Johnson

Ashley joined Henderson Collegiate in 2011 as a Teach For America corps member teaching 5th grade English/Language Arts.  In 2013, she transitioned into leadership as the 4th and 5th Grade Level Chair and then in 2014 became an Instructional Coach.  This school year she is serving as the Founding Principal at Henderson Collegiate Elementary School.  In addition, Ashley has served as a Curriculum Specialist at Teach For America’s Mississippi Summer Training Institute.  She earned her B.A. from James Madison University in Media Arts and Design with Minors in Humanitarian Affairs and Spanish and earned a Masters of School Administration from N.C. State University.

Director of Operations: Serena Terry

We are excited to have welcomed Serena to the Henderson Collegiate team and family in the 2021-22 school year. As a Henderson native, Serena is excited to be back in her hometown paying it forward.  She graduated from KIPP in 2013 to begin her UNC journey at UNC Chapel Hill. Serena graduated UNC in 2017 with a BA in International Studies. After graduating, Serena pursued a career in Technology for a few years as a manager of a Computer/Phone Repair store before landing here at HC.

Our School

Henderson Collegiate Elementary School is a free, public charter school program that provides students with not only the academic skills and content knowledge they will need for success in college, but also with the character skills and habits that will enable them to persist all the way through college to graduation.