I am originally from Stanberry, Missouri, a small town of about 1,100 people. The town and school are very similar to Glidden, so I feel right at home here! I attended college at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood in December 2013. I am now working toward my Master of Science Degree in Reading Education through Northwest as well, and hope to complete it within the next couple of years. This is my first year of teaching and I couldn’t be more excited to be apart of the Glidden-Ralston District! Besides teaching 3rd Grade, I am also the Cheerleading Sponsor for both football and basketball cheerleaders.
My fiancé, Ethan, and I live in Yetter (it’s Northwest of Lake City about 8 miles for those of you who have never heard of it), be careful not to blink as you go by or you’ll miss it! We will be getting married next May, so next school year I will be Mrs. Abbott – but for now it’s still Miss Bentley. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, working on various crafty projects, and cooking.
My Background: I graduated from High School in Momence Illinois--about 50 miles south of Chicago. Met my wife at school in Arkansas. She is from Eddyville IA. Taught in Pyatt Arkansas, Fremont Iowa, and Burlington Iowa before coming here. I also have worked as an Assistant Controller, and Controller for several ag related firms between some of my teaching experience. I graduated from John Brown University, plus have taken accounting classes from Buena Vista College, and some graduate classes from Drake University. I have coached several sports in high school including Volleyball, girls Tennis and boys and girls bowling.
I have 5 children--10 grandchildren---my youngest and her husband are still in college.
Notable events--took several little league teams to state level, and while coaching volleyball I never had a losing season. While in high school I placed second in the open class in Accordian competition in the Illinois State fair.
Important things I have learned in life;---money is necessary, but not important--people are important.
What do I do to get away from work---garden, family, model trains
How do I give back to the communities---volunteered for many coaching (some after being asked)--total of almost 30 teams including baseball, softball,baseball, tennis, time for camps, active in church teaching in classes or from the pulpit, donating time or money to other community events/needs
Best book I've read lately: The Bible