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Dr. Tom Benton

Dr. Tom Benton

Tom Benton’s 38 years in public education have focused on school level work. He was a high school social studies teacher for nine years and a middle and high school principal for twenty-four years. Since “retiring” in 2005, he has worked as a consultant for the state turnaround effort as a leadership facilitator/ turnaround coach to two high schools and three middle schools. He has also worked as a leadership facilitator for the New School Project by helping in the planning and opening of two Early Colleges and a New Tech high school. He has served as a coach/ mentor to principals in several LEAs and as a state trainer for the recently implemented Principal evaluation process. He is currently serving as one of the trainers for NCPAPA’s Distinguished Leaders Practices program. He has provided training to various groups in implementing PLCs, use of data, classroom management, best practices for school administrators, time management, and other topics. He presently lives with his wife of 38 years and a dog and two cats. His two daughters are pursuing careers as a high school media coordinator and practicing Psychologist. In his spare time, he renovates old houses and hangs out at Surf City.


" Ms. Bello is totally dedicated to doing what is best for students. She has a unique gift for working with special populations.
Ms. Bello has been able to put into practice her beliefs that the first step in leadership is developing positive relationships with staff, students, parents, and others related to the school.
Ms. Bello is one of the hardest workers I have met in education.
Ms. Bello is very loyal to her school. She always looks for the positives in any situation.
Ms. Bello is very persistent. She had a challenging task of implementing a new inclusion program this year. Although there was considerable resistance from regular and special ed staff, she stuck with it and has established a sound foundation for the program to continue and show greater gains in meeting the needs of students."