Faculty and Staff


Dr. Don Benton
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Don Benton, Ed.S., currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at Henderson State University as the educational technology subject matter expert. He also directs the Hot Springs Technology Institute each summer during June and directs the Schools Without Walls conference each fall in November. HSTI and SWOW conferences bring professional development experts together in an effort to prepare more than 1800 educators annually for the future of education and technology integration. His work as an Erate specialist, serving the needs of private and public sector entities, has enabled schools to receive over $20 million in grant funds since the inception of the SLD fund. Don is a graduate of Henderson State University with a B.S.E. in Vocational Business Education - 1994, M.S.E. in Educational Leadership - 2003 and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - 2013. He is currently pursuing his doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Technology at Boise State University.

As Director of Schools Without Walls - SWOW and Hot Springs Technology Institute – HSTI, Don has worked for many years to bring quality technology education to the state of Arkansas. He works to provide current information for different grade levels and content areas with emphasis on educational technology tools and resources. Don is always willing to share his knowledge with others. The members of various organizations have enjoyed his presentations on a variety of educational technology infusion topics for many years. Don has received the honor of Arkansas Association of Instructional Media - Technology Leader of the Year two times in 2002 and in 2013 for his work with educational technology throughout the state of Arkansas in K12 education. In 2013, Henderson State University recognized him as the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award winner in 2012 for Innovation and Creativity.

With technology rapidly changing, Don recognized the need for quality technology professional development throughout the school year. After getting input from multiple technology stakeholders around the state, he and his wife, Dr. Brandie Benton, founded “Schools Without Walls – SWOW Team” which is a cadre of professional experts that create educational opportunities for all educators to share and learn about what’s going on with technology in and out of the classroom with resources for mobile technology integration emphasizing best practices in educational technology, Common Core State Standards – CCSS, Teacher Excellence Support System – TESS, infusion of iOS Apps and Google Apps in K12 and Higher Education. During November the Schools Without Walls Leadership Conference is held in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Dr. Judi Jenkins 
Associate Professor/Coordinator of Educational Leadership

Dr. Jenkins is Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Program.  She served 28 years as an educator, counselor, and administrator in the De Queen School District in southwest Arkansas. Her administrative positions included High School Principal, ESL/Migrant Coordinator, and Assistant Superintendent. Her duties included many tasks with finance including all federal funds as well as NSLA funds, human resources, curriculum, instruction, professional development, and other duties as assigned by the superintendent. 

Her past activities and affiliations include: serving in leadership positions with the Arkansas School Counseling Association, serving on the Migrant Education National Panel for Secondary Education in Washington, D. C., being honored as Arkansas Secondary Counselor of the Year and De Queen/Sevier County Teacher of the Year, training teachers in English-as-a-Second Language programs by hosting ESL academies in De Queen, coordinating the Even Start Family Literacy Grants, graduating from the Master Principal’s Leadership Academy 2006-07 Phase 1, serving on the selection committee for Arkansas Governor’s School, receiving the Distinguished Educator’s Award from Arkansas Governor’s School in 1997, becoming a Ruby Payne Poverty trainer as well as a Breaking Ranks II trainer, serving as an Arkansas Department of Education Scholastic Auditor, and becoming a Teacher Excellence Support System (TESS) Certified Administrator.

After retiring from De Queen School District, Dr. Jenkins was adjunct instructor at Texas A & M Texarkana and Ouachita Baptist University. She also served as a consultant for Fetterman and Associates in two districts in Southeast Arkansas.  Before accepting the assistant professor position in Educational Leadership and ESL, Dr. Jenkins was a full-time lecturer for HSU.  

Dr. Jenkins holds three degrees from Henderson State University (BSE, MSE, and Ed.S) and a doctorate in education from Harding University (Ed.D). 

Dr. Patricia Weaver
Professor of Educational Leadership

Dr. Patricia Weaver is Professor and former Coordinator of Educational Leadership. Before joining the HSU faculty in 2004, Dr. Weaver was a public school classroom teacher, curriculum director, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a superintendent in Texas and New Mexico. As an English teacher, Dr. Weaver conducted workshops in writing and classroom strategies for many districts in Texas. Dr. Weaver also served on several state committees charged with creating the Texas Essential Elements (standards) and Texas’ first standardized tests. As a curriculum director for the Arlington Independent School District, she led teachers in all areas of language arts in creating some of the first articulated curriculum in the state. She also led in the development of some of the first computer labs for remedial reading classes and a unique program for the many English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the very large district. She was also instrumental in beginning a true alternative high school (not punitive) for those students having non-traditional learning needs. Dr. Weaver also served on the editorial board for Prentice Hall for the development of a completely new 7-12 literature series. As a public school educator, Dr. Weaver was active in several professional organizations at both the local and state level. She has been a member of ASCD since 1965. She has presented sessions at conferences locally, state-wide and nationally.

For the educational software company, Dr. Weaver served as regional director for the states of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma and national director of professional development. As the director of professional development, she trained all consultants and supported the sales teams in the field when she was needed. She also developed many support materials-training manuals, training systems and various products. A major task was to align the company reading and math software to state tests, district curriculum and various district-purchased programs. Dr. Weaver also supported districts in developing customized tests using the company’s test data base. She was also “trouble shooter” for any unsatisfied accounts.

Throughout the years, Dr. Weaver was adjunct instructor for English at Mt. View Community College in Dallas, adjunct instructor for Ed. Leadership at North Texas University and Texas Christian University. She taught English courses at Northern New Mexico College, both onsite and online using WebCt. She developed and taught an assessment course for alternative licensure and was an instructor for a grant designed to train mentors for classroom teachers.

Presently, in addition to teaching courses in the MSE and Ed. Specialist programs at HSU, Dr. Weaver has her own company, Cap for Success. She has aligned curriculum and provided instructional support for districts in Arkansas, New Jersey and New Mexico. Having spent fifty years in education, Dr. Weaver loves the constant challenge of helping students accrue the administrative skills needed to serve as leaders in a complex, demanding school environment.


Ms. Brenda Driggers
Administrative Specialist 
8:00 am to 12:00 pm 870-230-5855, Proctor Hall building or 1:00 pm to 5:00pm 870-230-5267, Education building room 218.

Brenda Driggers serves the Educational Leadership team as Administrative Specialist. She provides clerical support to the team faculty and students. Brenda has a degree in Business Management. She and her husband managed large guest ranches and corporate retreats from coast to coast, until his retirement. She also has worked as legal assistant and as an actress in the movie film industry in the past. Brenda joined the Ed Leadership team in February 2013.

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