Mrs. Hardin was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. She graduated from Little Rock Central High, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas and Master of Art in Teaching at the University of Central Arkansas. She married her husband in 2014. They have one daughter and one son. She has experience teaching in a variety of places, including Honduras! She teaches art at Parson Hills on Fridays. The rest of the week, you can find her teaching art at Shaw Elementary.
My name is Jena Anderson and I am the Professional School Counselor at Parson Hills. I received my Masters of Science in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arkansas in 2015. I worked as a high school counselor before joining the team at Parson Hills. Before my career in counseling, I was the Creative Director for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Journalism in 2009. I feel very lucky to have found a profession I love and am grateful to serve the students at Parson Hills. Each day I strive to make sure the students I encounter feel respected, heard, valued and part of the school family. My primary role is to help students develop their social emotional skills through classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Students from the Parson Hills EAST program spent Thursday afternoon working with multiple elementary EAST programs as well as students from the School of Innovation. Schools discussed the importance of mentoring and involving more female students in STEAM activities. Students participated by teaching each other basic coding skills to program robots as well as drones. The goal of the meeting was to create interest in becoming a mentor for female students throughout Springdale elementary schools. "Girls Can (T)oo", our program to create mentors, will begin here at Parson Hills in just a couple of weeks with approximately 10 fourth and fifth grade female students taking charge.