REDMOND, Ore., — Gena Bennett of Madras, Oregon has been named the new assistant principal of Elton Gregory Middle School (EGMS), Principal Chad Lowe recently announced.
Bennett began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Jefferson County Middle School (JCMS) in Madras 12 years ago. She later transitioned to an instructional coach position at JCMS, serving in that capacity for five years before moving to the district office to support new teachers and coordinate district TAG (Talented and Gifted) services.
"We are excited to bring someone with Gena's credentials on board," Lowe said. "Her background as a teacher and instructional coach working to implement AVID will make her a great fit at EGMS."
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that has been adopted by school districts across the United States. EGMS, along Redmond's Ridgeview High School, began implementing the program in 2014, aiming to prepare all students for college and postsecondary opportunities.
“I am delighted to be part of the incredible team at EGMS and eager to start the school year,” Bennett said. “I feel well prepared to start this next phase of my career and provide opportunities for all of our students to succeed.”
Bennett begins her new role .