Kelly Henderson



HoltzmanALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngKelly Henderson
BAE '06, MED '07 |  Roswell, GA

Owner and Community Director
Building Kidz School of Roswell
INDUSTRY: Education

Raised by a family of University of Florida graduates, Kelly set her sights on the Gator Nation early. Upon acceptance, she dedicated all four of her undergraduate years to the College of Education and held various leadership roles in Delta Delta Delta. To further her education and experience, Kelly continued in the Masters of Education program. After serving at a Title One school during her internship experience and spending more time in Norman Hall, Kelly utilized the knowledge gained to apply for teaching positions in the Atlanta area and secured a role before graduation in 2007.

During her seven years of teaching in Johns Creek, Georgia, Kelly served a diverse community of learners while teaching first and third grade as well as Fulton County’s Early Intervention Program. Her classroom focused on meeting the needs of a neurodivergent community and varying her instruction to each individual student.

After the birth of her first child, Kelly was asked to step into the business world and open a new to market fitness studio in Alpharetta, Georgia as the lead manager. During this time, she learned business operation skills and the value of creating a community among the members.

With two children in tow and using her professional experience, Kelly, along with her sister and brother in law (also Gator grads), set out to open a preschool and childcare center in 2019. As Community Director and Owner of Building Kidz of Roswell, Kelly and her family grew their enrollment from five children to 176 with a waitlist of over 400 in less than five years. Their focus on their core values (serving with intention, cultivating wonder and peace and building community) have been the driving force to support their diverse staff of teachers through professional opportunities as well as their dual-career families through community building events and parenting seminars. The school focuses on service opportunities, charity events and drives to give back to the local community.