Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Dana Jernigan
Welcome to the home of the Benson Middle School Phantoms! My name is Dana Jernigan, and it is with great pride and excitement that I join the Phantom Phamily! I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with a tradition of family and community support. For the past two years, I have 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. Before those roles, I served as a teacher and administrator at South Johnston High School. I know the Benson community is special, and I am forever grateful to be back in the area. I plan to use the skills I have learned in my previous roles 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 enter Restart, we have the opportunity to reflect on our beliefs and behaviors and how those manifest in our instructional strategies, processes, and school policies. Restart gives the school the flexibility to change some of those structures to ensure that we are providing a collaborative environment and effective teaching and learning for every student in every classroom every day.
Thank you so much for your support! Whether you are a parent or community member, we appreciate all you do for kids.