As an alumnus of Benton High School, I am excited to serve as Principal in the community that I have proudly called home for many years. After graduating from Benton High School in 1997, I went on to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from LSU-Shreveport in 2000 and later earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the same University. I was a passionate math teacher at Haughton Middle School for 10 years prior to serving as a middle school Instructional Coach at both Greenacres and Elm Grove Middle Schools. In 2015, I accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Benton Middle School under the leadership of Dr. Kyle Machen. During that time, I played and instrumental role in creating a highly effective system of interventions to support struggling learners that can be credited with a 94.3 percent reduction in failing grades. This is a testament to my belief that ALL students can learn when we have a "whatever it takes" mindset and a heart for kids. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. My husband, Joel Burris, is an Assistant Band Director at Haughton High School. Our oldest daughter, Audrey, is a nursing student at Northwestern State University and our youngest daughter, Kelsey, will be starting at Northwestern in the Fall. I am looking forward to an exciting new year! Tiger Pride!
I am so excited to serve as one of the Assistant Principals of Benton Intermediate School. I am starting my 28th year as an educator. I am happy to now be part of the Benton community. I began my teaching career in Orleans Parish. I have taught various grades K-5. I have also been a Numeracy Coach & Staff Developer. I recently served as the Assistant Principal at R. V. Kerr Elementary for the past 15 years.
I received my B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. I earned my Masters in Education Leadership from The University of New Orleans.
I have a wonderful husband of 28 years and we have two young adult children, the youngest in his second year of college.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family.
It is my honor to serve the students, teachers, parents, and the entire community! I am so proud to be a Tiger! Please feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to working with you.
I am excited to be serving the Benton community as an assistant principal at Benton Intermediate. I graduated from West Monroe High School in 1993 and went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Louisiana – Monroe. Later, I completed my Master’s degree in Education Leadership at Louisiana Tech University, Go Dawgs! I began my career in education in Caddo Parish and then moved to Bossier Parish Schools in 2010. Throughout that time, I taught social studies on both the middle school and high school level. My last 4 years in the classroom was spent teaching 8th grade La. Studies at Benton Middle. I then went on to serve Bossier Parish Schools as the Curriculum Coordinator for both Social Studies and Physical Education. I am married to Rachel Valentine, a social studies teacher at Benton Intermediate. We have two wonderful children. Mary is a junior at Benton High and Charlie is an 8th grader at Benton Middle. I look forward to serving the students and families of the Benton Community.