Dee Hensley-Maclean


Dee A. Hensley-Maclean
Hamilton, MT
Treasure State PTA, Laurel, MT

Personal and Professional Information

  • Montana Science Content Review and Fairness Committee January 2020
  • Montana College & Career Readiness Commissioner, 2012-2016
  • Training Capacity Building Initiative Level 1 2008 & Level 2 2010
  • Completed  National Issues Forum Moderator Training November 2010
  • Learning First Alliance National Summit, Public Schools In 21st-Century America 2007
  • CSAP’s Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies-Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training and certified 2005
  • Building Successful Partnerships Presenter Training 2005
  • Teacher Training Workshop, LifeSkills Training Program Middle School Level 1 2003
  • Trained Grant Writer with 16 years experience
  • Worked and served in nonprofit sector over 30 years


PTA Involvement
Current service includes:

  • National PTA Resolutions committee 2019-2021

Previous service includes:

  • Montana PTA Advocacy Chair, 2017-2018
  • Montana PTA Diversity Chair, 2016-2017
  • Montana PTA Advocacy Chair, 2012-2016
  • NPTA Endowment Trustee, 2012-2013
  • Montana PTA President, 2009-2012
  • Montana PTA President-elect, 2008
  • NPTA Resource & Development and Field Service committees, 2008
  • Montana PTA Programs VP, 2006-2008
  • Served in local unit Leadership, 1999-2004
  • Montana PTA Membership VP, 2004-2006
  • Completed Multi-State Conference Training October 2004
  • Hamilton PTA local unit President 2002-2004
  • Hamilton PTA local unit Treasurer 1999-2002

Community Involvement
Current service includes:

  • Montana Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Content Standards:
    Computer Science; Library Media, Technology Integration Standards; Career and Technical Education (CTE); and Social Studies January-April 2020

Previous service includes:

  • Montana Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Student Assessment, 2018
  • Montana Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Suicide Prevention & Response, 2017-2018
  • OPI Science Partner Task Force, 2017-2018
  • Peer Reviewer of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), April and September 2017 & 2018
  • Standards Validation and Performance Level Descriptors Statewide High School Assessment for Mathematics and Reading/English Language Arts (ELA) Montana ACT Peer Review Panel, September 2017
  • Montana Chapter 55 Task Force, developed amendments to ARM 10.55.700-10.55.800 Accreditation and Curriculum, made recommendations to the Montana Board of Public Education, 2010-2012
  • Participated in Western States Land Commissioners Association Conference, 2010
  • Distance Learning Task Force, reviewed and developed amendments to ARM 10.55.907 Distance, Online, and Technology Delivered Learning, made recommendations to the Montana Board of Education 2006-2008

Honors and Awards

  • National PTA Governance Certificate of Appreciation, June 2013
  • President’s Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • NPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, 2009
  • Montana PTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, 2005

Dee Hensley-Maclean

Candidate Narrative

Dee Hensley-Maclean
Candidate for Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee

Growing up in rural Appalachia in the midst of socio-economic inequality showed me that all families want to be treated with respect and dignity. Parents and guardians passionately want their children to do better and realize education is the pathway. Rural communities should operate with two-way respect, with each individual and their contributions yielding success. All human beings desire respect and dignity because they appreciate equality and sincerity. PTA’s mission is to be inclusive and engage all families to be more reflective of our communities. Engaging families in the decisions being made for our children is more important than ever as we look to elevate and secure their place in our global economy.

State nominating committees have their challenges, applications may be few and not all applicants are well suited for the positions. It is important to look at all aspects of the applicant and position to be confident each person has the skill levels to best serve PTA and have personal success in their service. Knowing our stakeholders will give us new leaders to develop, it is imperative we continue to broaden our search for the future of PTA. With training and resources, we will ensure members have the tools and skills to advocate on behalf of all children. I have provided presentations, trainings and simply listened to local leaders. I shared a welcoming environment and solid training that gives them hope to succeed in their own communities.

I value every experience that PTA has offered me. Our association’s body of knowledge, advocacy, and programmatic excellence has given us the tools and skills to advance family engagement in all communities at multiple levels. In the end, it is not just us as individuals, but we as the PTA community which serves the greater good for families in engagement.