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Trent Benjamin, Principal

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Being the principal at McDonald Elementary is a great responsibility that I take tremendous pride in as a professional and human being.  Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education".  With that being said, I get to work everyday with over 250 young children that have so much personality, intelligence, and abilities.  It is each child's uniqueness and unbridled desire to grow that makes this job so rewarding.  My goal is to ensure that every child in our school is being prepared to be productive, responsible citizens in a safe, caring, supportive environment.

I believe the staff at McDonald Elementary is the very best in our school district and the state of Nebraska.  Our teachers, paraeducators, classroom volunteers, custodians, and lunch servers work hard to create a culture that has high expectations, challenges each individual's depth of knowledge, find ways to engage students in learning that is enjoyable, and provide a climate that builds self-confidence.  The teachers at McDonald Elementary are committed to their students.  Our eduactors continually receive professional development to improve at their trade to provide best practice while educating, put in the needed time to prepare quality lessons each and every day, and work together as a team to make sure all materials are covered without unneeded overlapping.

Our School Board members and Central Office administration believe firmly to the conviction that all children can learn.  This is evident in their decisions and provided support.  They believe that teachers make the biggest impact on a child's education and are making key decisions to develop our educators and give them the necessary tools needed to be successful.  This type of commitment is refreshing and exciting as our district moves forward.

I can honestly say everyday I think about how fortunate and grateful I am to be a part of North Platte Public School District at McDonald Elementary.  North Platte is a community that prides itself in having a strong educational system, and this is very evident each day at McDonald Elementary.  As the saying goes "it takes a village to raise a child", and it is something we all take very seriously. If there is anything I and/or our staff at McDonald Elementary can do for your student to ensure him/her with the best possible educational experience, please contact us.  


Trent Benjamin