Sherry Bees Named Principal of A.D. Henderson and FAU High

Florida Atlantic University has named Sherry Bees as its principal/director of the A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School.


By kelsie-weekes | 7/12/2016

Florida Atlantic University has named Sherry Bees as its principal/director of the A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. Bees will oversee the facilities and programs of the K-12 laboratory schools at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Bees to the FAU community,” said Joel Herbst, Ed.D., assistant dean of PK-12 schools and educational programs. “Her experience as a teacher and administrator will equip her to lead the challenging academic and extracurricular environment which has been established in the 48-year history of our school.”

As principal/director of Henderson and FAU High, Bees has administrative responsibility to oversee facilities, finances, programs, recruitment, admissions, accreditation, as well as policy and procedure. She also will work in collaboration with FAU’s College of Education and its other colleges and divisions of the university within the areas of teaching, research and service.

“I am looking forward to immersing myself in the culture and innovation that is evident at FAU,” Bees said. “As an instructional leader, I am committed to continuing the integrity of the programs, while working in collaboration with educators, to ensure that we further enhance the existing programs at A.D. Henderson and FAU High.”

Bees began her career in education 21 years ago at Hollywood Central Elementary School where she served as a second-grade teacher, and later as the curriculum coach and Title 1 coordinator. In May 2000, she was selected as the assistant principal of Maplewood Elementary School in Coral Springs, and later served as principal of the school for 10 years. In May 2010, Bees was selected as a finalist for the “Principal of the Year” award for Broward County Schools. She also had the opportunity to lobby in Tallahassee in support of education with fellow members of the Florida Association of School Administrators.

Bees earned both a master’s degree in educational leadership and an undergraduate degree in community psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

The A.D. Henderson University School is an elementary-middle university laboratory school on the FAU campus originally funded by a gift from the A.D. and Lucy Henderson Foundation in 1968. The school serves K-8 students that are representative of Florida’s public school population by race, family income, gender and academic performance. In 1991, the Florida Legislature established across four state universities four developmental research (lab) schools, each designated as an independent public school district, of which FAU was one. The school holds departmental status in FAU’s College of Education with the assistant dean serving as a member of the College Executive Committee. A.D. Henderson’s mission includes supporting teacher development, curricular innovation, and research and dissemination.

FAU High School opened in fall of 2004 as an intensive dual-enrollment public school established by FAU’s Board of Trustees. Its challenging program offers students grades 9-12 the opportunity to complete high school while earning more than 90 university course credit hours.

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