Mrs. Benson


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South McKeel Academy is an exciting place to be, and the 2018-19 school year is going to be our BEST year yet!  Our theme for this school year is all about KINDNESS!  We will be focusing on ways to show kindness to others - at school, home and in our community.   I'm  so excited to watch our students become all that they can be!

After earning my Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern University in 1989, I entered the field of education at Kathleen Elementary School where I taught 1st grade for two years.  Following that, I transferred to Valleyview Elementary and taught 3rd and 4th grade for 14 years.  During this time, I became a National Board Certified Teacher and completed my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. In 2005, I became a part of the McKeel family, teaching Language Arts at McKeel Academy of Technology.  During the next 4 years, I gained my Educational Leadership certification through USF and became the Assistant Principal at South McKeel Academy.  In 2014, I became the Principal at South McKeel Academy.

The Schools of McKeel Academy have the most wonderful staff, students and parents!  South McKeel Academy has earned a school grade of "A"  for multiple years and has also earned the recognition of being "A School of Excellence"  from the Florida Department of Education for the past 2 years. These accomplishments are a direct reflection of the amazing team and culture we have created.

We are a school of technology and offer 1:1 iPads to all of our students from K-7th grades.  Technology is a tool we use throughout our curriculum.  We offer several Coding classes to our Middle School students and a Fab Lab for our younger students to begin their journey into coding.  We have an amazing Arts department with both Music and Art classes offered, and a fantastic Physical Education Department as well.  We are committed to our students and families and strive to teach the whole child through our variety of programs.  

One of the unique things about our Middle School is our "House System" that we implemented a few years ago.  Through this system, we encourage teamwork, friendship and most importantly - LEADERSHIP from our students!  We all look forward to our HOUSE Days and our weekly House lessons taught by our student leaders. Our Elementary classrooms have even been assigned a House, and we are constantly finding ways to incorporate the values of our Four Houses throughout our entire school.

South McKeel Academy is certainly a special place!  Go Wildcats!

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