June 13, 2021

Board names CES Principal Dr. Dawn Bennett new Instructional Literacy Coach

(Franklin, GA) — On April 27, the Heard County Board of Education hired current Centralhatchee principal Dr. Dawn Bennett to fill the position of Instructional Literacy Coach for the 2021-2022 school year.

In this position, Dr. Bennett will be working to help develop new elementary teachers, as well as leading all elementary teachers in building effective reading and writing instruction.

Dr. Dawn Bennett (Photo: HCSS)

Additionally, Dr. Bennett will be tasked with leading teachers in unpacking new Math standards, which will be implemented in classrooms during the 2022-2023 school year.

“Dr. Dawn has distinguished herself as a top instructional leader in our system and we are excited to see the work she will do with all of our elementary teachers as she works side by side with Mr. Roberts,” stated Heard County School Superintendent Rodney Kay.

Dr. Bennett has been in the field of education since graduating from the University of West Georgia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

After graduation, Dr. Bennett began working as an elementary teacher in Paulding County. Dr. Bennett earned a Master of Education in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia in 2000, before adding her National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2003.

In 2006, Dr. Bennett was hired as a Curriculum Specialist for Carroll County Schools, a position she held until becoming a School Improvement Specialist at the West Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) in 2009.

After finishing her Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed. S) at the University of West Georgia, Dr. Bennett spent a year as assistant principal of Heard County Elementary School for the 2010-2011 school year.

Dr. Bennett then returned to West Georgia RESA where she served as a Curriculum Specialist from 2011-2015, while simultaneously working on her Doctorate of Education (Ed. D.) in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia.

Since completing her doctoral degree in 2015, Dr. Bennett has served as the principal of Centralhatchee Elementary School.

While there is sadness at leaving her current position, Dr. Bennett understands the importance of her new mission.

“If our new teachers can grow to provide the quality of instruction expected in Heard County, then we can ensure that the next generation of students will be successful,”  said Dr. Bennett.

“I am truly thrilled that I will be working side by side with teachers, whether new or veterans to the profession, to help sustain the high quality of education our community expects.”

Though excited about the challenges and opportunities her new position as Instructional Literacy Coach will bring, Dr. Bennett also feels nostalgic toward her time as principal of Centralhatchee Elementary School.

“Centralhatchee Elementary is such a special place,” claims Dr. Bennett. “The students, staff and the community will always feel like family to me.”

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