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Julie Baker, Principal

My name is Julie Baker and I am the Principal of Bennett Elementary School. I’m very excited to become part of the Bennett Elementary family during the 2019-2020 school year! The highly qualified Bennett staff are deeply committed to the academic, social and emotional development and success of all children.  They help students work toward mastery of Michigan standards through the use of strong core instruction and programs that individualize education to meet the needs of all students. These include Daily Five, Lexia Core 5, Accelerated Reader and Successmaker. Our impact coach and interventionists work with teachers and paraprofessionals during WIN (What I Need) time four to five days a week to ensure students receive additional time and support some may need to be successful. Our teachers generate excitement and curiosity for learning through the incorporation of high-interest STEM and inquiry-based activities, fostering a lifetime love of learning within students.  


Bennett serves students in young fives through second grade. Our Young Fives program is for those students who need that additional “gift of time” to gain the readiness skills and confidence needed to be successful in school.  We are also home to two Headstart programs that serve three and four-year-olds. 


Bennett truly is where community comes together!  Our Energizing Education Program, sponsored by United Way, provides one-on-one mentoring and tutoring in reading and math to first and second grade students, along with family nights with a focus on literacy and STEM activities. Our Lego club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, allows second grade students to explore engineering and other STEM/STEAM-related career paths.  These and other community partners provide additional opportunities for learning and connecting with others, providing a rich educational experience for all.  


It’s an exciting time to be part of Jackson Public Schools!  With the passage of an $86.7 million bond, our district is in the process of an unprecedented transformation. Come be a part of the exciting changes!  Enroll your child and partner with us in their education. Volunteer in any way you can to help us make your child’s—and every child’s—school experience a positive, safe and successful one. Become part of the Bennett Elementary Family. It’s a great day to be a Viking!