Administration

Dr. Patrice Wilson, Principal

Bensley Tigers are GRRRReat! I am Dr. Patrice C. Wilson, your PROUD principal! It is with great honor and pride that I continue to serve you on this journey of continued academic excellence and leadership! With over 22 years of education experience, I am confident that we will take Bensley to the NEXT Level- TOGETHER!

As we continue to partner together for our students’ success, know that I am a confident, competent, and capable LEADER! I have strong ties to the Chesterfield community and continue to be passionate about the people and purpose of education within our community. I graduated from Meadowbrook High School of Chesterfield County Public schools and finished my undergraduate and graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. I completed a B.A. in English and a Masters of Teaching degree in 1997, an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Virginia in 2004, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership in 2014 from Virginia Commonwealth University. I began teaching right here in Chesterfield County in the Fall of 1997 at Grange Hall Elementary School and then at O.B. Gates Elementary school for a total of seven years. Both teaching experiences were wonderful and I was selected to be Teacher of the Year at O.B. Gates Elementary School in 2004. After teaching, I went on to serve as an Assistant Principal here at Bensley Elementary School from 2004-2008. Working alongside my mentor and phenomenal past principal, Mrs. Bessie Cooper. Bensley successfully prepared me to go on to be principal at Thelma Crenshaw and Harrowgate Elementary schools both still in Chesterfield County. I spent one year as the Assistant Principal of Swift Creek Middle school so, I’ve gained a pretty good picture of what we’re preparing our elementary babies for at the Middle school. Now, I’m proudly back home at Bensley Elementary School and I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience back with me.

My husband of twenty-five plus years, Stephen and I remain in Chesterfield County and are the proud parents of two college graduates who also attended Chesterfield County Public schools and have gone on to live their passions because of such a strong educational foundation and a belief that learning is living.

Bensley is Family! I look forward to many more memorable moments, successes, and growth in our Bensley family members– students, staff, community partners, and each one of YOU!

Portrait of Ms. Wilson

Lesley Harris, Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal

It is my pleasure to serve as Assistant Principal at Bensley Elementary School. I have 19 years experience in Education and I am excited to be a part of this amazing learning community. I have served as an instructional assistant as well as classroom teacher and taught grades Pre-K through Third. I have served in several teacher and school leadership positions during the course of my career. I believe that strong parent and community partnerships have a positive impact on student achievement. I have been a member of the Chesterfield County Public School family since 2012. I hold an A.A .S Degree from John Tyler Community College in Early Childhood Education, a B.A Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia State University, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Averett University and an Endorsement in Educational Leadership from the University of Richmond. It has been my pleasure to serve various schools in Chesterfield County. I previously served as Dean of Students at Marguerite Christian Elementary School and I have a passion for working with teachers and supporting families. In my spare time I enjoy singing, listening to live music and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to a fun filled NEXT LEVEL year!

Portrait of Ms. Harris