Kenya Haynes is a program specialist at the National Center for Homeless Education. An educator for 25 years, she joined NCHE in 2018 after sixteen years at the Wyoming Department of Education where she focused her energy on working with vulnerable student populations. During her tenure at WDE she worked with homeless education, dropout prevention, juvenile justice, gender equity, civil rights, school accreditation, gifted and talented education, homeschooling, Title I, and the state system of support. She is honored to have served on the board of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and as liaison to the National Expert Panel for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk.
Growing up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, Kenya knows how to build a barbed-wire fence but is glad she doesn’t have to anymore. In her spare time, she sings in her car, in a collegiate chorale, and in a Latin Schola. A former kindergarten teacher, five-year-olds are her favorite.