For Joe & Dardi Hendershott, Hope 4 The Wounded is not a career. It’s a life calling. And seemingly to their astonishment, it’s becoming a national movement.
Joe has an extensive background working firsthand with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher and administrator in traditional, alternative, and correctional education settings. He has been a high school assistant principal, head principal, alternative school principal, and a principal at The Village Network.
In 2006, he co-founded Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC with his wife, Dardi. He has been a featured presenter at international and national conferences and has conducted staff training/professional development on understanding and working with wounded students, leadership, emotional literacy, empathy, esteem, inclusive communities, and other topics relevant to today’s educational climate.
Joe has written two acclaimed books, Reaching the Wounded Student (Eye on Education, 2008) and 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2016).
He is a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. He also offers consultant services and professional development training for schools & communities in person and through an online certificate program. Everything is focused on trauma-informed practices for children beyond at-risk that lead to HOPE for the wounded student.
Joe was named the National Crystal Star award winner for 2015 through the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University, which recognizes an individual who has contributed outstanding work in the area of dropout prevention and intervention. More recently, Joe was named the recipient of the Professor Raymond W. Bixler Award at Ashland University, which recognizes excellence in education, and was a nominee for the Diversity Enhancement Award for the Leadership and Service Awards at Ashland University.
Joe and Dardi have nine children (6 girls and 3 boys) and are licensed foster/adoptive parents. Aside from spending time with family and being their kids' biggest fans, Joe enjoys being outdoors, running, playing guitar, and also has a Black Belt through USA Karate, & Dardi enjoys traveling, DIY projects, and being outdoors.