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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today met with 2018 Georgia Principal of the Year, Principal Dara Bennett of Pierce County High School in Blackshear, Ga.  

“It was a pleasure to welcome Dara Bennett from Pierce County High School to Washington, D.C. as 2018 Georgia Principal of the Year,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate education committee and former chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. “Mrs. Bennett is being honored for her outstanding dedication to students’ success through education and a positive school culture. It’s teachers and administrators like Mrs. Bennett who make all the difference in providing students with the support they need to ensure future success in their education and beyond.” 

“Both of my parents were schoolteachers, so education has always been very important to me,” said Perdue. “I’m impressed by Principal Bennett’s efforts to develop professional learning communities and bring data-driven instruction to Pierce County High School. Under her leadership, the school’s graduation rates have skyrocketed. Most importantly, students are learning the skills they need to solve complex problems and compete in a competitive global environment. Congratulations to Principal Bennett and Pierce County High School on this honor, and thank you to all of our educators who help Georgia students succeed.” 

Bennett was named 2018 Georgia Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She has served as principal of Pierce County High School since 2013 and was assistant principal for 10 years prior. 

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