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Mrs. Dana Jernigan

Welcome to the home of the Benson Middle School Phantoms! My name is Dana Jernigan, and I am the Proud Principal of the Phantom Phamily! I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with a tradition of family and community support. Before serving as your principal, I served principals and teachers across the district as the Director of Professional Learning and the Executive Director of Secondary Education for Johnston County Public Schools. I also served as a teacher and administrator at South Johnston High School for 10 years--Go Trojans! I know the Benson community is special, and I am forever grateful to be in this area. I plan to continue Benson's legacy of community engagement while working alongside teachers and support staff to strengthen core instruction. 
Socrates said, "the secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new." This year as we partner with Marzano Academy, we have the opportunity to reflect on our beliefs and behaviors and how those manifest in our instructional strategies, processes, and school policies. This partnership will allow us to transform our school culture and equip our teachers with the tools and resources to plan for individual students needs. Our teachers are committed to do Whatever It Takes
Thank you so much for your support! Whether you are a parent or community member, we appreciate all you do for kids.