to D.E.L.O.R.E.S. Works!

We are closing the achievement gap for students of color by pairing retired teachers with a track record of success in urban environments with students who need them.

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To support and encourage students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners in reaching their full potential in a collaborative and inclusive environment that will foster their strengths, interests, creativity, thinking skills, and enable them to gain self-sufficient skills, both socially, and emotionally.


To close the achievement and opportunity gaps for elementary and middle-school students, specifically, students of color and other underrepresented groups to develop the skills, social, and emotional stability that are a necessity toward becoming a contributing member of a global society.

What we are up to

Retired Administrator, Mentor, Speaker & Thought Leader in Education

It is with enthusiasm and excitement that Dr. Henderson presents D.E.L.O.R.E.S. WORKS – Developing, Empowering and Leveraging Occupational Readiness, for Economic Sustainability for children, parents, and community. D.E.L.O.R.E.S. Works is designed to support students to reach their full potential in academic settings as third and fifth graders, as well as enabling them to gain self-reliant skills, socially and emotionally. The goal is to increase and reinforce academic skills in reading and math in order to close the achievement and opportunity gaps. The parents of each student will be empowered and leveraged for occupational readiness with skills to gain economic sustainability and to help propel their respective student toward becoming successful in the future.






Students Impacted

What people are saying about Dr. Henderson

Dr. Henderson has been an inspiration to entire generations of children in Minnesota.  I am excited to see what the next 53 years will bring.

I’m honored that Dr. Delores Henderson has been a guiding light of excellence in my life

I will forever be grateful for all of the informal and formal life lessons that I learned from Dr. Henderson. I can never thank her enough. I can, however, try to impact the lives of students like Dr. Henderson

Dr. Delores Henderson is an expert administrator.  If there is anyone who can help close the achievement gap – it is her!

How we work

Now Recruiting Retired Educators

All teachers complete the D.E.L.O.R.E.S. Works training curriculum to ensure consistancy across the schools we impact.


We are looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks.  We currently need help in social media, marketing, event volunteers and help with fundraising.

School Participation

If your school would like to participate, by having a D.E.L.O.R.E.S. Works teacher in your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade class, please fill out our contact form.


D.E.L.O.R.E.S. WORKS INC., was Incorporated in 2018, and became a Minnesota 50l(c)3 non-profit organization in June, 2019.  The success of our program relies on the expertisie of our teachers and the generosity of our donors.


D.E.L.O.R.E.S. Works hopes that you will serve as a strong supporter of its initiatives, and solicits your input as a volunteer and/or financial donor

Student Participation

Students are asked to bring their “best selves” to the classroom each day as they explore a world of possibilties.  With support from teachers, parents and donors we will help put them on the path to achievement

Want to volunteer? Sign up as a teacher? Donate? Or, just get in touch? Use the form below!

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