Title: Elementary Librarian (Retired)
Company: Crittenden County Elementary School
Location: Marion, Kentucky, United States
Darl Heathcott Henley, Retired Elementary Librarian at Crittenden County Elementary School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library sciences and education.
Encouraged by her mother to pursue education, Ms. Henley aspired to become a teacher as early as 4 years old. When she was younger, she spent time with her two nephews whom she taught outside under the oak trees in her yard. Developing a natural affinity for teaching, the natural progression of her education and career seemed to develop organically, easing in from one role to another. Earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and library science from Murray State University in 1966, she subsequently completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Kentucky some years later.
In 1966, after obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Ms. Henley served as a sixth-grade teacher at Weaverton Elementary School for two years. Briefly acting as a substitute teacher at Henderson City Schools in 1970, she became employed by Henderson City High School as a librarian and remedial teacher for two subsequent years. After taking time off from her profession, she returned to her career in 1980 as a sixth-grade teacher at Marion Elementary School, simultaneously serving in the same capacity for Crittenden County Elementary School for the following four years. From 1984 until her retirement in 2001, she was also an elementary librarian at the elementary school.
While serving Crittenden County Elementary School, Ms. Henley was a technology coordinator in the 1980s. Upon encouraging the administration to install computers in each classroom, the administration implemented her suggestions and placed computers in all schools within the district. She recalls this moment as the absolute highlight of her career.
Alongside her primary endeavors, Ms. Henley was the past state president of Kappa Kappa Iota, the national teacher’s sorority, and delegate of the District Area Agency on Aging. Likewise, she maintained affiliation with the Cumberland Presbyterian Women Fellowship, the Crittenden County of Democratic Women, the Crittenden County of Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the Kentucky Library Association. She formerly served as a charter member of the National History Women’s Museum and was the first district representative on health and insurance for the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. She has been very active in the Kentucky Extension Homemaker Association for nineteen years both locally and state.
Married to James Robert Henley since 1988, Ms. Henley is the proud mother of two children and grandmother of 12 grandchildren. She also raised her two nieces in her home since 1978. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking, fishing, traveling, cooking, volunteering and church fellowship events. Impressively, she was highlighted in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.
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