Charles E. Bennett Elementary School


principal strickland


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts

Master in Education in Educational Leadership

Harding University

American College of Education

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin 

Principal and Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Strickland

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Welcome to CEB home of the bees!  I am excited to serve as Principal of Charles E. Bennett Elementary.

The teachers and staff at Charles E. Bennett Elementary work hard to provide a safe learning environment for all students.  Using rigorous instructional practices, teachers have high expectations for all students so that they can have academic success.

At CEB, we are a Title 1 and Cambridge Primary school.  As a Title 1 school, we have additional staff to assist students and teachers to improve student achievement and engagement with parents and families.  Our students are not required to pay for breakfast and lunch.  We are proud to serve as a Cambridge Primary school where our learners are Responsible, Innovative, Confident, Engaged, and Reflective.  As a Cambridge Primary school, our students are becoming critical thinkers and ready for career and college success.

We are all a team at CEB, so as a team we are going to focus on increasing student attendance, student achievement, and school pride.  We encourage all parents and guardians to be involved in their student’s education.  We will have opportunities for parents and guardians to volunteer and participate in Parent/Family Engagement events.

As the principal of CEB, I believe that all students should have equal access to learning experiences that are rigorous and meaningful.  Along with the PBIS team, we will work to change the school-wide expectations, improve student recognition, and student attendance so that all students feel welcome at CEB.

I am delighted to return to Charles E. Bennett to serve the students, staff, and community of Green Cove Springs.


Amanda Strickland

asst principal hiers

Phone: 904-336-0475

Degrees and Certifications:

BA-Elementary Education, MED-Educational Leadership 

University of North Florida and Nova Southeastern University 

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” 

-William Shakespeare

Assistant Principal, Christina Hiers

Dear Parents and Community Members:

I am very excited to be the  Assistant Principal at Charles E Bennett Elementary.     I am looking forward to working with the students, staff and community at CEB.

At Charles E. Bennett, we strive to help our students become lifelong learners. We encourage and welcome parents to be actively involved in your child's education. We also encourage parents to become an active member of our School Advisory Council (SAC) . This is a great way to be involved and have input in the school.  

I have over 30 years of experience in education, working as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, district specialist, assistant principal and principal.  I have worked in many different learning environments in both Flagler and Duval County before coming to Clay County. 

I have one son who graduated from Oakleaf High School’s AICE program. He also graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Biomedical Science. He is starting his second year of Pharmacy School at the University of South Florida..  

I am honored to be part of the CEB family and Clay County. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support with your child’s education.