Joshua Bennett, Alumni

Josh is the Principal at Bashaw Elementary School

Why did you choose to attend USF Sarasota-Manatee for your Master’s Degree?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee because the program wasn’t on-line. The University did a great job of laying out the program. It was set up ideally for what I was looking for. Not only did I get an outstanding education, but those who were in my class are now assistant principals and principals in the area and we have kept in touch so we know each other.

As a principal, why would you hire a fellow USFSM alum?

In our profession, where they went to college is very important and what they have their degree in is important. By attending USFSM, I know how rigorous the program is and the quality of the internships so it helps give justification for why I hire someone from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

How did your time at USFSM impact your career?

The program (education) had a foundation of critical thinking and in my current job those skills are needed a lot and I can draw upon that. It is this University that helped me get to where I am today.  The colleagues I call on now are those I went to school with at USF Sarasota-Manatee because I trust in them and have spent a lot of time with them.