NC STEM Certified School, 2014
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Principal: Mrs. Frances Herring
Assistant Principal: Dr. Janet Stivers-Blaebaum
District mission: Preparing all students to be competitive and productive citizens in a global economy.
School vision: Enriching our students today, to find solutions for tomorrow
School mission: The staff of Contentnea-Savannah School believe that we can accomplish an effective learning environment by providing an opportunity for intellectual growth, physical well-being, emotional maturity, and social responsibility. We are committed to fostering these traits within each student through collaboration with staff, parents, community, and beyond to help our students become globally competitive citizens.
Proud home of the 2013-2014 Lenoir County Teacher of the Year and Southeast Regional Principal of the Year
The educator named Principal of the Year in Lenoir County for the 2013-2014 is now the Southeast Region Principal of the Year and will compete for statewide recognition this spring. Frances Herring, in her third year as principal at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School, was the top choice among county nominees in the 13-county Southeast Region. An educator for 11 years, Herring took a circuitous route to the school house. A native of Lenoir County, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English form UNC-Chapel Hill, but headed for law school at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. After practicing law for a year, she came back home and began teaching English at Kinston High School. After teaching for five years, she was named assistant principal at Kinston High, a position she held nearly three years. She earned her master’s degree in school administration form East Carolina University. She was named principal at Contentnea-Savannah in the summer of 2011.
Under her leadership, Contentnea-Savannah, the county’s only K-8 School has ser ed as the pilot site for several innovative projects, including STEM instruction designed to boost students’ interest and success in science and math and a unique gardening and nutrition program known as Project D.I.G.
Ms. Benton is a first-grade teacher at CSS.
Contentnea-Savannah School is extremely fortunate to have Ms. Benton represent us as our 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Benton is an innovative teacher who takes her first graders on educational adventures daily. Her intelligence and dedication is matched by her pleasant demeanor and willingness to help. The staff’s selection of Ms. Benton as Teacher of the Year at CSS is indeed an honor for which she is very deserving.