Administrative Staff



Jerri Piacesi, Principal

Areas of Supervision: Athletics, Language Arts, Library, School Counseling, Front Office Staff and World Languages

As the principal of Benton Middle School, I will work tirelessly to ensure a safe and positive atmosphere that is engaging and welcoming for students and their families, staff, and our community. In addition to a robust and global education, we will continue to meet the social emotional needs of our students. The PWCS Strategic Plan will be our guide on our educational journey. 

I have been an educator for over 20 years, teaching at Benton Middle for three years, serving as the administrative intern at Colgan High School for two years, and for the past four years, serving as an assistant principal here. I know the effect that excellent teaching and consistent communication has on relationships with our families. Together, we will continue to ensure all students, staff, and families feel accepted and respected. 

Middle school is a pivotal time for young adolescents, and I am excited to lead Benton Middle as we continue to prepare our students for a thriving future. I look forward to meeting and working with our Benton families as we ensure a shared vision of providing the best for every child, every day. 

Assistant Principal- Vacant

Areas of Supervision: 7th Grade Core Content Areas and Student Discipline, Health & P.E., Math, Related Arts, Science, and SIGNET





Mary Newman, Assistant Principal 

Areas of Supervision: 8th Grade Core Content Areas and Student Discipline, Special Education, and Technology

It is my pleasure to work with the eighth-grade students and their families. This is going to be a great year! Benjamin Franklin has said, "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest." I've earned my undergraduate degree from George Mason University and have a Master's degree from the University of Mary Washington and George Mason University. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to work as a team and invest in our children's knowledge.


Kathy Erickson, Administrative Intern

Areas of Supervision: 6th Grade Core Content Areas and Student Discipline, ELL, Music, and Social Studies

I am very excited to be working with our wonderful sixth graders and their families! This is my 15th year at Benton and my 33rd year working with middle school students. During my career, I have taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Social Studies, Mathematics, and Language Arts. It has been my privilege to serve my school as team leader, advisory council chairman, lead mentor, NJHS sponsor, and administrator. I earned my undergraduate, master's degree, and Educational Specialist degree from Virginia Tech. I am the mother of two terrific sons and three very spoiled dogs. I learn something every day, and the students are my best teachers. Please reach out to me if I can be of any help. Together, we will make it a great year!