Leland –Laurie Benton of Leland, NC has been appointed as Headmaster of Charter Day School, effective February 5th, 2018, by its Board of Trustees.
Set amidst 80 acres in Leland, NC, the Charter Day School (CDS) is in its 18th year as a high-performing program of classical education for kindergarten through 8th grade. With parents in North Carolina having the freedom to choose – tuition free – where their children are educated, CDS is a public charter school that draws over 900 students from across Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.
“Laurie is a dedicated, gifted, and proven administrator,” said Baker Mitchell, the founder and President of The Roger Bacon Academy, which provides educational, administrative, and operational support to CDS. “Parents frequently comment on her devotion to their children, as it is impressive how she focuses all her attention on ensuring that every student succeeds.”
Benton graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught fourth grade in Durham, NC for three years before becoming a third-grade teacher at CDS sister school, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville – eventually becoming lead teacher. She was named Assistant Headmaster at Columbus Charter School at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Benton has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and she is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Principal.
Her goal as Headmaster is “to continue the long tradition of excellence that is synonymous with Charter Day School,” and added that she looks forward “to working closely with students and staff to continue the success of the school’s system of classical curriculum and instructional methods.”
The Roger Bacon Academy is an educational management company serving four tuition-free charter schools in southeastern NC, which are operated by the non-profit Charter Day School, Inc. The four schools include Charter Day School in Leland, South Brunswick Charter School in Bolivia, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville.
Since 2000, the Roger Bacon Academy has provided educational, administrative, and operational support to its community of four tuition-free charter schools. Its signature educational program combines the proven Direct Instruction teaching method with a robust classical curriculum – a combination which consistently produces best-in-county academic performance by its schools. RBA’s family of schools welcome any student regardless of income, ability, or address. Parents or prospective teachers are invited to visit EnrollRBA.com or TeachRBA.com for more information.