Andrea Henderson, aka "Frog" or "Froggy" to those who knew and loved her, passed away at the age of 60 on April 12, 2010 following a battle with breast cancer. A longtime resident of Laurel, Maryland, Frog was a devoted mother of her two sons, Joshua and Adam, and mentor to all who passed through her classroom. Frog graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and taught art at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland for over 30 years. Her students and her friends comprised her "other" family. Her unswerving commitment to helping to better both the educational and social well beings of her students formed the pillars of her own life, a life which was celebrated by all who knew her.
In the fall of 1997 a group of young hockey players approached their art teacher with a proposition - they had a desire to represent their high school on the hockey rink, and they needed a team sponsor. Froggy had already sponsored an ice hockey team once in Eleanor Roosevelt High School's past, but it had quickly fallen apart when the players on that team failed to follow through with all the off-ice demands of high school athletics. Even still, she believed these new students when they promised to see the team through to its completion and success, and agreed to be their faculty sponsor.
The ERHS Ice Raiders formed in time to take the ice for the 1998-99 academic season, and under Frog's guidance the team grew from a club team to varsity status and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2008-09. She shepherded the team until her early retirement upon her initial diagnosis of breast cancer in fall 2009.