Greetings! I am Damienne D. Denham, Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School. It is my pleasure to serve the stakeholders of our school and provide support for our most valuable asset – the students of King High School. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Jackson State University, where I also worked a biomedical research assistant fellow with the Minority Biomedical Research Student program. This passion for science led me to pursue a career in science education.
I have had the opportunity to teach at every level of the high school science continuum, including the AP and IB programs. During this time I have also served as Science Department Chair and most recently Science Instructional Coach, which afforded me the opportunity to work with teachers in the classroom on instructional best practices and multi-tiered systems of support for student achievement.
During my career in education, I have been awarded a teacher research fellowship though the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at Emory University and a teacher research grant through NASA in conjunction with Clark Atlanta University and Clemson University, where my work was published in a major science education journal.
I have earned a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. A student once told me, “We don’t care how much you know, until we know how much you care”. Our students need undivided support, encouragement and redirection to facilitate academic and social achievement. It is my goal and that of our faculty and staff, to provide the social and emotional care for our students, which can make the difference in creating productive and successful global citizens.