About Grace Bennington
Get to know Grace Bennington
After graduation, Grace began her teaching career in Siler City, NC. She was the Director of Bands at Silk Hope K-12 School, Chatham Middle School, and Jordan Matthews High School. Grace doubled the size of the bands at all three schools in two years.
During the summer of 2005, Grace accepted a position at Woodlawn Middle School, where she taught from 2005-2018. The Woodlawn Seventh and Eighth Grade Combined Bands received numerous Excellent and Superior ratings during her tenure at Woodlawn. Her students also consistently received top spots in All County Band. Grace had the great privilege of inspiring numerous middle school band students to pursue degrees in music education. Grace had a high school student intern every spring during her tenure at Woodlawn. Grace also had numerous Elon University Music Student Interns and a student teacher.
Grace has been a private flute instructor since 2001. Grace's students have competed for and been accepted into numerous All County, All District, and Honors Bands. Numerous students have also gone on to pursue Music Education and Performance Degrees in universities across the state of North Carolina.
Grace has a passion for teaching. Students under her instruction perform at high levels due to the positive rapport built between students and teacher. Grace has a knack for identifying and building on her student's strengths and weaknesses. She is able to meet each student's learning needs by using a wide variety of teaching methods, executing patience. and creating a warm and positive environment in which to learn. Grace believes that any student can succeed as long as they are willing to put forth the effort to learn and maintain a consistent practice routine.
Currently, Grace maintains an active performance schedule performing at area churches, weddings, funerals, and other events. Grace also conducts flute masterclasses at area middle and high schools. In the summer of 2018 after the birth of her twins, Grace resigned from her position at Woodlawn. Grace and her husband Patrick, the band director at Western Middle, live in Burlington with their sons Jesse and Michael, and daughter Evelyn.