Jennifer Bennett joins Northville’s Thornton Creek Elementary School as Principal
A strong instructional leader with a solid foundation in best practice teaching, technology integration and collaborative planning, Jennifer L. Bennett has been named principal of Northville Public Schools’ Thornton Creek Elementary School. The Northville Board of Education unanimously approved Bennett’s appointment at its June 23, 2015 meeting. She succeeds Alison Epler, who has requested to return to classroom teaching and it is anticipated will join the Silver Springs Elementary School staff in the fall.
Bennett, who will assume her new post on July 1, 2015, comes to Northville Public Schools from Monroe Public Schools, in Monroe, Michigan, where she most recently served as principal for three years and assistant principal for two years at Custer Elementary School. In her 14 years with Monroe schools, Bennett also has served as District Social Studies Consultant, a teacher for grades four through six, and as a K-8 Technology Media Specialist. In addition, Bennett has extensive experience in professional development at the school, district, state and national levels. In her roles as principal, assistant principal, consultant and teacher leader, she has used her ability to act as a change agent to positively impact student learning. Bennett also has extensive experience in technology integration in the learning process including working with classroom teachers and students to create digital portfolios.
“Jennifer Bennett is a forward thinking educator with vast experience in teaching, facilitating professional learning communities, and actively engaging students, staff and the community in the school improvement process, all with the goal of ensuring success for all students in the 21st century world,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “Jennifer is a compassionate and skilled leader who will continue to build on the collaborative school community and positive culture that already exists among the students, teachers, staff and families at Thornton Creek. We are fortunate to have Jennifer joining our administrative team.”
Bennett has a Bachelor in Language Arts (K-8) and Elementary Education (K-5) and a Master of Arts in Education from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She has her State of Michigan K-12 School Administrator Certification from Eastern Michigan University. Bennett also has shared her work and accomplishments with colleagues on the local, state and national level including co-presenting on digital portfolios at both the 2007 and 2008 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference; co-presenting on a school-wide writing initiative at the 2006 and 2007 Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference; and co-presented in areas including math, social studies and technology integration at numerous district-wide core curriculum in-services. In addition, she is a member of the Monroe Schools District School Improvement Committee, the District English Language Arts Committee, the Monroe County Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee, and the Monroe County Intermediate School District Transition Task Force.
“At the heart of my work over the past 14 years is my love for watching students grow and develop into creative and independent thinkers,” Bennett said. “I am excited to bring this passion for education to Thornton Creek Elementary and Northville Public Schools, and look forward to helping to build on the district’s strong commitment to 21st century learning that puts students in the forefront of the learning experience. I am eager to work in partnership with the many dedicated teacher leaders, staff, students and families at Thornton Creek to ensure every student has an opportunity to succeed.”
Bennett lives in Monroe, Michigan, with her husband, Steve, and their three children, Reganne, 10; Brendon, 9; and Colin, 7.