Joe and Dardi Hendershott


Joe Hendershott, co-founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, has an extensive background working with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher, coach and administrator in traditional, alternative and correctional education settings.

Along with her administrative role as co-founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, Dardi Hendershott is a certified health and wellness coach, a trained and formerly licensed therapeutic foster/adoptive parent, and an advocate for professionals working with children of trauma.

Joe Hendershott has served as a high school assistant principal, head principal, alternative school principal and principal at a residential facility.

An in-demand speaker at international and national conferences, Hendershott offers training and professional development on understanding and working with wounded students, the effects of trauma on learning and behavior, emotional literacy, leadership, empathy, esteem, inclusive communities and combating compassion fatigue.

Hendershott is the author of three books, Reaching the Wounded Student, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students and Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Self-Care.

Hendershott holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. He also earned a master’s in school administration and a doctorate in leadership studies from Ashland University.

Dardi Hendershott’s experiences as an adoptive mother and years of walking alongside her husband Joe through the trials and tribulations of teaching and education administration give her a unique perspective to the demands placed on professionals serving wounded children that she has shared at educational conferences, with faith-based audiences and with education majors at universities.

Dardi co-authored Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care with Joe.

Her passion is to equip, empower, and encourage those working in the trenches each and every day with HOPE through a lens of overall wellness, trauma-informed practices, and social-emotional learning strategies.