Greeting new families each year at “Meet the Teacher Night” is always a pleasure, especially for principals! Did you get to meet Mrs. Bentzel that evening? Who really is this principal of Locust Grove? Let’s get to meet her. This year marks Norina Bentzel’s thirty-sixth year as an educator. She experienced teaching for the first eighteen years of her career and for the last eighteen has been an elementary school principal. Did you know that teaching and engineering run in her family? Her husband, Jim, is an electrical engineer and her oldest son, Ryan, is a mechanical engineer. Mrs. Bentzel’s youngest son is a “wannabe” engineer. That’s right, Josh “wants to be” an engineer. He is a senior majoring in mechanical and nuclear engineering at the Pennsylvania State University Main Campus. Amanda Bentzel, Mrs. Bentzel’s daughter, is an elementary teacher and especially loves being a first grade teacher. As you can see, engineers and teachers are important careers in the Bentzel household.
Being part of the Penn State family is tradition for the Bentzels too! All of the Bentzels graduated from Penn State, with the exception of Josh Bentzel, that college senior, who is a “wannabe” PSU graduate also. Norina Bentzel graduated from PSU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in science. In 1999 Mrs. Bentzel earned her Master’s Degree in Education as well as her Administrative Certification. Directly after graduating from Penn State in 1981 she began her career educating students in the Red Lion Area School District. She has always been passionate about education and has continuously strived to make a difference in the lives of children. She believes that she has been able to positively impact children in her career as an educator and will continue to do so with the support of the amazing parents and staff of Locust Grove Elementary School. Together the Locust Grove Community will continue to make a difference in the lives of their children!