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Randy Bentley is Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year PDF Print
Written by Marshall Ashcraft   
Monday, 12 September 2011 12:34

Randy Bentley, principal of Bethel Elementary School, has been selected by his fellow principals as the Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year for 2011-12.

After presenting the award today at the school, Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric praised Bentley as a “calm and confident leader of high integrity.  He leads with a vision of collaborative and collegial participation among the faculty of Bethel, and his honor is well deserved.”
Upon receiving the award, Bentley immediately gestured toward a group of nearby students and said “this is your award.”  He later continued to praise students and faculty at Bethel, saying   “I love the kids out here and I have a great staff.  It’s a great place to be.”
Bentley will be formally recognized as Principal of the Year at the September 12 Board of Education meeting, where he will be presented with a check for $500.  At a later time, he will also receive a plaque commemorating his selection as Principal of the Year.
Bentley is in his fifth year as principal of Bethel and came to the position after three years in the Watauga County Schools central office as the director of exceptional children’s programs.  Before coming to the WCS system, Bentley had been principal at Mulberry Alternative School for two years, served as assistant principal for a total of four years at other schools, and had seven years of teaching experience.  His educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.



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