Degrees and Certifications:
Principal Dianne Benton
Dianne Benton is in her 9th year as a Principal in Charleston County School District at Pinehurst Elementary School. Ms. Benton obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop College in 1987. After working at the district level in Berkeley County, Ms. Benton decided to enroll in the Masters of Administration and Supervision program at The Citadel. Ms. Benton graduated with honors from The Citadel in 2003.
Upon completion of her graduate work, Ms. Benton moved to CCSD to take a position as Teacher Coach at North Charleston Elementary School. After her time at North Charleston Elementary, Ms. Benton accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Midland Park Elementary School. Ms. Benton transitioned from Assistant Principal to Principal of Midland Park Elementary and brought over grades 2nd-5th to Pinehurst Elementary when Midland Park Elementary split in 2010.
Ms. Benton was awarded Charleston County School District’s Star Rookie Principal Award in 2012. Under the leadership of Principal Dianne Benton, Pinehurst Elementary School has piloted and participated in the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant and the U.S. Department of Education Race To the Top-District Grant. Pinehurst Elementary School was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement and the Palmetto Silver Award for General Performance in Achievement in 2013 and was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap and the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance in Achievement in 2014.