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Ms. Henderson, 40, is a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University, according to her DCPS biography.

She taught Spanish at a South Bronx middle school before becoming a recruiter for Teach for America and executive director of Teach for America-DC.

Beginning in 2000, she worked on recruiting, training and policy improvement efforts before being named deputy chancellor in 2007.