As principal of the Doris Henderson Newcomers School, which serves
recently arrived immigrant students, Jake Henry goes above and beyond
his duties ensuring that these students have the resources they need to
The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation recognized
his efforts by giving him the Unsung Hero Award and a check for $12,500
to take back to his school.
"Jake is a classic
model of this award," said Jim Melvin, president of the Bryan
Foundation. "He is doing a great job as principal of the Newcomers
School and impacting hundreds of young lives. He is a classic leader
who leads a great team, and he is a perfect choice for this
One of the fastest growing
populations in Guilford County is non-English speaking families.
Historically, these children have had limited access to educational
opportunities. Henry ensures that all his students and their families
have basic necessities like clothes, shoes and food as he supports them
in this new chapter of their lives. His leadership, kindness,
innovation and openness have helped students' academic achievement rise
along with the community's support of the school and understanding of
this unique population.
Each year, the
foundation's Board of Directors chooses up to two individuals or groups
to receive the award, which recognizes those who may not always be in
the headlines, but who are certainly making a difference in the
"It's a tremendous honor to be
recognized by such an outstanding organization that supports public
education," said Henry. "It's such a privilege to work with our
outstanding students and staff at the Newcomers School."
the award, Henry says he and his staff will decide together how to
spend the money, but "it will most definitely go to instructional
resources that will help students now and for many years to come."