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by: Leigha Miller Mrs. Bennett says, “Go to the office and tell Mr. Barber you’ve been a bad tiger!” This is the consequence you receive when you’ve reached the letter “R” in “Tiger.” Elizabeth Bennett has been living in Blountstown since 1984, because her dad’s first church as a pastor was Gateway Baptist Church. She was born in Dunkirk, NY, playing in the snow with her brother as a child. She got her southern slang later, when living in Texas. She graduated in what she calls her hometown, Blountstown, in 1988. Mrs. Bennett comes from a line of teacher’s; you might know her mom, Mrs. Patty Hayward. In her spare time, Mrs. Bennett enjoys reading, dancing, spending time with her husband (Danny) and her two daughters (Dianna Glaze, 20, and Breanna, 8). In addition to this, she likes to spend time with her grandson, Eric (9 months old). She enjoys taking pictures of them and showing them off on Facebook. Mrs. Bennett graduated from FSU in 2001 with a degree in Political Science, with several jobs that helped her prepare for teaching. You know, like when she was a correctional officer?? Being a teacher, she of course gets the stereotype of liking to read; and, of course, she does. Some of her favorite books include the Bible, The Shack, He Loves Me, The Giver, and Lord of the Rings. (Just check out her classroom!) Her utmost favorite text to read is discovering how big God’s love is. Her biggest inspiration in life is individuals who care for others more than they do themselves. The hardest struggle she has ever endured is that “it’s not all about me.” She’s a strong believer in having a relationship with God. Her husband is, without a doubt, her best friend. When asked, “What would you like to do if you weren’t teaching?” Mrs. Bennett replied that she would like to be performing at Disney World. If she could give advice to any student, it would be to get to know who you are as an individual, before you get into a relationship with someone. “And you’re not ready when you’re in high school.” “If you won’t read, you’re already slipping into darkness.” Mrs. Bennett believes her job as a teacher is to become like Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings. She would like to give her students tools to take with them on their journey in life, because she can’t go with them.

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