Provided by Prince William County Schools
Benton Middle School Principal Denise Huebner is about to bring years of educational experience and student learning success to a new role as Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools. She was appointed to the post by the Prince William County School Board on May 17 and will take on her new duties July 1.
Ms. Huebner will oversee 16 schools and serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Staff in shaping teaching, learning, and related services across the county. She assumes the post being vacated by Craig Gfeller, who is leaving education and Prince William County after years of success to take on new opportunities in his native New York state.
The incoming Associate Superintendent’s history as a one-time elementary principal provides a powerful understanding of K-5 student needs, challenges, and opportunities. Her middle school experience makes her ideally suited to prepare students to take the next steps on their educational journey. As an administrator, Huebner is committed to helping teachers enrich their classroom skills, and ability to mentor other colleagues to fuel greater student achievement. She gets parents involved in helping every student succeed, and cultivates strong ties to community service.
Under Huebner’s leadership, Benton Middle School expanded student engagement in the vital fields of science, technology, engineering, and math through increased participation and success in science fairs, and with innovative programs like “Introduce a Girl to Engineering.” Huebner also ensures that Benton celebrates diversity, helping new English Learners to succeed, and all students to embrace one-another as assets to our community.
Huebner says, “I’ve always believed that focusing on the needs of each individual child leads to increased success for every student and every great school. I’m honored by the chance to apply my philosophy to making a larger contribution to the students of Prince William County. “
“Ms. Huebner will be a great addition to our leadership team,” said Superintendent Steven Walts. “Her energy, experience, and creativity provide an environment that is exciting for children and staff, and welcoming for parents. I am confident that she will energize teaching and learning success across many schools, just as she has at Benton.”
The newly named Associate Superintendent holds a Master of Education from Regent University and earned her bachelor’s degree, majoring in special education, at Northern Illinois University. She joined PWCS as a teacher at Signal Hill Elementary in 2005, and served as assistant principal at Yorkshire Elementary before becoming principal of Marshall Elementary in 2011. During much of her tenure at Marshall, Huebner also served as principal of Woodbine Preschool. She was named principal of Benton Middle School in 2015.