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Hello, my name is Joshua Bennett, the principal of Bashaw Elementary School. I look forward to working with the students, parents, and staff here at Bashaw this year. I am a proud byproduct of the Manatee County School system. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of South Florida. I taught for six years at three different schools: Oneco, Bashaw, and Mills Elementary. I was a special education teacher during those years and focused my work on individualizing instruction for students within inclusive settings. I served as the Assistant Principal at Kinnan Elementary for three years and for two years at Bayshore Elementary.
I am excited to start my eighth year as the principal of Bashaw Elementary School. I am married to a fellow educator, the school counselor at Mills Elementary School. We have two young sons and they keep us very busy. Our family loves to travel together, creating new experiences and memories to last forever.
I am looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year at Bashaw. I will strive to provide our teachers with the resources, professional development, and high expectations for optimal student achievement. My goals are to provide a safe and orderly learning environment, where the most research based instructional strategies are utilized daily and a climate that supports all learners. These goals will require the school and home to work together in a collaborative way for the benefit of all students.
Being involved in your child's education takes many forms. As a parent myself, I appreciate the hard work that parents do to raise children. Staying involved in the education process is vital to your child's future success. One way to get involved is to join the SAC or PTO. Joining these groups allows you to have an active role in determining the future direction of Bashaw. Another way to get involved is to become a volunteer at school. Volunteers are always welcome at Bashaw; please contract the office if you are interested. Finally, it is important to build a strong and open relationship with your child's teacher each year. This can be achieved by attending parent/teacher conferences as well as notes in the agenda, phone calls and/or emails.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. I am here for you and your students.
Hello, Bashaw Elementary! Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am proud to return for the sixth year as your Assistant Principal. I am happy to celebrate 14 years of marriage this fall to David Marshall, Principal of Gene Witt Elementary. David has been in Manatee County education for over 30 years, and he loves going to work each and every day. I have 3 step-children: Melanie, Director of Student Involvement at Jacksonville University; Nolan, a college student in Tallahassee, and Matthew, a senior at FSU majoring in Mechanical Engineering. We love to travel, and we are Disney fans! My dad and most of our extended family live in Manatee County, and we love opportunities to be together. I was a student in the Manatee County school system and now have worked here for 26 years. My career began at Miller Elementary teaching an alternative multi-grade program in grades 2 - 5. This was a fabulous experience immersing myself in differentiated and specific instruction, in addition to working closely with families to support their child’s growth. I taught at Palm View Elementary as a fourth grade teacher for one year, and then was chosen for the planning team to open Kinnan Elementary in 2000. I was a fifth grade teacher there, and 2 years later, I took the opportunity to be the Media Specialist. Not only did this job get me closer to something I love to do --- read with students --- it provided me great opportunities to work with all students and staff. My focus was supporting the overall literacy of our students and providing teachers with resources and materials to enrich the classroom experience. All of this contributed to a foundation preparing for this leadership experience at Bashaw. Relationships are the key to success! I am so looking forward to building relationships here at Bashaw---with students, staff and families. I am here to support you in the best education possible for your child. We are in a challenging time of accountability, but together, we can succeed to make education a positive experience for every student.