The Bartow County Board of Education announced the new principal of Adairsville Elementary school during their meeting held last night. The following is a press release that was provided at the meeting:
Adairsville High School Associate Principal Amber Benefield is moving back “home” to serve as Adairsville Elementary School’s new principal!
“My twenty-plus-year career started at AES in 2001, and I am beyond blessed to come back home,” said Benefield.
While at AHS, Benefield served as an inclusion teacher and Exceptional Education lead before becoming an associate principal. Before that, she worked as an elementary school teacher in grades pre-K through sixth grade at Rome City Schools, Fort Payne City Schools, and AES.
“I taught for five years at AES before moving back to Alabama,” said Benefield. “After a few years, I decided to come back to Adairsville to continue my teaching career, and this is where I have been since 2010. My move back to Adairsville was an easy choice because it felt like home. I grew up in a rural area, therefore the small-town feel is where I am most comfortable. The community’s arms are wide open, and it really is a village where everyone takes care of each other.”
Tiger pride runs as deep and long as the iconic railroad tracks anchored in the heart of the community.
“Adairsville Elementary School is a perfect place for me,” said Benefield. “AES possesses persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to become a part of this school and to support its students and families. AES is recognized for its excellent level of academic focus, and I will work to support and enhance that high level of instruction. The work that has been and will continue to take place in the Bartow County School System is exciting to be a part of. Growing with my peers and seeing academic gains throughout the system and in local schools is what education is all about.”
Outside of school, Benefield enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and going to new restaurants and concerts.
Empathetic, hard-working, and organized are three words commonly used to describe her. Aviation enthusiast is not on that list.
My first-ever flight was last year when I traveled to Orlando with my fellow peers to the solution Tree conference,” said Benefield. “Let’s just say that the turbulence was not fun.”
Benefield does have a lot of fun with her five children, Cameron Chapman (21), Lily Benefield (20), Jaycob Chapman (19), Blade Benefield (17), and Brock Benefield (16).
Married just last month, look for future name plates at her new school to read “Mrs. Chapman.”
The new “heartbeat” in the Adairsville “home” on Franklin Street will continue to strengthen the green and gold community, just like those who led before her.