Benji Mattingly has been selected to lead Lebanon Elementary School as its next principal.
“I’m excited about this new adventure, this new challenge,” Mattingly said. “I’m excited to come in and work with the students, staff and parents and continue to make LES a great school.”
Mattingly, who has worked as a teacher and an administrator in the district before, said his focus will be on building positive relationships.
“One thing I’m most passionate about is building relationships and making sure that people understand that I’m going to be there for them. And to figure out what we need to do to help their kids,” he said. “As a leader I plan on being a relationship-builder and letting people understand the importance of being there for each other and working together as a family.”
MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser echoed his sentiments.
“With all that we know about the importance of social and emotional needs of our students and the unique challenges currently facing public education, finding someone to lead LES that recognizes the significance of nurturing relationships was very important,” Schlosser said. “I’m very excited to add Mr. Mattingly to our team of district leaders.”
Originally from Washington County, Mattingly is a long-time resident of Marion County, which made his return to the district especially fitting.
“It was nice to come back home, pure and simple,” he said. “What really drew me there is that I love to work with students and staff and help develop them into better teachers and stronger students [...] I’m excited to continue to build relationships and let them know that we’re there for them.”
Being a resident of the county and having already worked in the district, Mattingly said he is familiar with some of the staff members at LES, which he thinks will be helpful in building strong working relationships.
Mattingly also noted his excitement about rejoining the school district.
“MCPS is a great district and has a good focus and vision about what needs to be done and how to go about doing that,” he said.
“We continue to have big dreams for this school district, and turning those dreams into realities requires having strong leaders in all of our schools,” Schlosser added. “I’m confident that we’ll continue to make the dreams of this district and our students come true with Mr. Mattingly at the helm at LES.”
Mattingly is married to Sherry Mattingly and has three stepchildren and three grandchildren.