The new Keep Cocke County Beautiful Executive Director is Meka Henderson. Meka has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a teacher for 14 years serving in various positions from special education teacher, classroom teacher, homebound teacher, to Afterschool Director. She has taught children from grades K-12 in all academic subjects. As Afterschool Director, she organized weekly events for children, which included community volunteer work, various clubs and parent programs, as well as our own entrepreneurial venture – a cookbook with recipes from the students and their families. She has conducted several county in-service training sessions on various topics as well as been a speaker at the East Tennessee Title 1 Conference. She has had much experience in conducting in-services and training others. She has spearheaded several committees and special programs at the various schools she has taught. She assisted with the foundation for a First Priority club, a school chorus, and a yearbook committee in the past. She has been the head of several school improvement committees and professional learning community meetings. She also served as the head of grade cluster meetings. She has been involved in several collaboration meetings where co-workers met to discuss the needs of our school and how to address the needs to make school a better place for students. She has organized several events from Family Math Night and Family Reading Night to Del Rio Community Day. She is heavily involved in the organization and scheduling of her church’s Vacation Bible School. She is able to work closely with others and value everyone’s opinion.
She will work closely with the KCCB Board before any decisions are made. Collaboration is the key to any successful venture. She will be able to complete all the necessary local and state reports with her strong organizational skills. She has taught finance classes and computer classes to both students and adults in the use of e-mail and digital cameras, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Excel, and Internet research..
She is looking forward to meeting with principals and curriculum coordinators to share the Keep Cocke County Beautiful Education Curriculum and schedule class times with teachers. She is excited at the thought of teaching children something that is practical and useful. Lessons on litter prevention, beautification, and proper stewardship of our environment can also be taken home to share with parents. Children have to learn at a young age that we only have one earth, and we need to take care of it.
Meka will portray that message through community events, educational curriculum, and media the importance of litter prevention, recycling, and beautification.
The Keep Cocke County Beautiful Board of Directors looks forward to working with Meka as our new KCCB Executive Director. Meka will begin her new position Monday, September 19th in the Keep Cocke County Beautiful Office at 433 Prospect Avenue, Newport.