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Barbara Henderson teaches Special Education at P.S. 138M in East Harlem, a District 75 school that serves students with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and emotional disorders and students with multiple disabilities. As the ELA/Art cluster teacher, Barbara works with all of the students in the school, incorporating literacy and communication skills with hands-on art therapy. In addition to being a member of her school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Team, Barbara has also written and obtained several grants for her school that have funded much-needed supplies, school visitors and meaningful field trips for the entire student body, including several Broadway productions. In 2012, Barbara piloted her school’s first district-wide Spelling Bee and has organized and implemented one every subsequent year thereafter. As a New York City Teaching Fellow alumna, Barbara understands the unjust gap that exists between students with disabilities and their peers and aspires to lead an innovative D75 school that recognizes the potential in each and every student and is committed to overcoming the educational disparities that exist.