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Lavare Henry

Ph.D. K-12 Leadership

Education Policy, Planning & Leadership

  • 2024, William & Mary, Doctor of Philosophy, K-12 Leadership
  • 2015, University of Bristol (United Kingdom), Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Planning
  • 2010, University of West Indies (Jamaica), Master of Science, Computer Science
  • 2002, University of West Indies (Jamaica), Bachelor of Science, Computer Science 

What kind of educational and professional experiences did you have prior to beginning this degree?
I served as a Vice Principal at a high school in Jamaica; an adjunct faculty at a university; a Director of Technology and a Computer Science teacher at a high school.

As a student pursuing a doctorate in the K-12 Administration program, why did you choose this field?
I enjoy programming and the problem-solving process is figuring out algorithms to solve problems. I also like to see students who are motivated and use their skills and talents in productive ways to take on and solve many of the challenges that they encounter in life. I like being a part of the process to help students to build those skills.

What do you hope to be doing after graduation? In 10 or 15 years?  
I hope to have made a meaningful impact in education in my country by helping us as a nation to improve the educational outcomes of our students and in so doing improve our economic prosperity so that we are less reliant on others for support. To this end, I hope for us to more efficiently integrate technology in our teaching and learning processes to improve the educational outcomes of our students. I want to be a part of helping our school leaders do it better.

Why did you choose William & Mary and specifically your degree program? What sets this degree program apart from those offered at other colleges?
I think it is not so much the degree program itself but rather the faculty and their clear, genuine desire for their students to succeed. I have felt that from day one, in fact even before I left home, the care was felt.


What has been the most influential experience you've had so far in your program?   
It is very difficult to separate and select one. I have been impacted in many ways by different activities. My experience working with School-University Research Network (SURN) and Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) has opened up my eyes to new possibilities back home. My Leadership and Learning in Context classes have also provided unique insight to see leadership in a new light. My experience in Curriculum and the two courses I did on Assessment has been invaluable.

Please add any additional information you think a prospective student should know about the School of Education and its degree programs.
The degrees in the School of Education and how they are taught offer a good mix of sound research and practical application. You not only learn about the latest in educational thinking and research but you also receive practical skills and training that will help you to be successful no matter the direction your life takes you after completing the program.

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