Published on July 9th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Benita Allene Harris Esteen; “A Life of Service”

“Doctor of Education in Special Education from Northcentral University”

Dr. Benita Allene Esteen is currently employed with Richland School District Two where she works as an assistant principal at Northsprings Elementary School. As an assistant principal, she provides leadership for the staff, students, and stakeholders in the community for the facilitation and implementation of quality, rigorous programs to support the state’s standards of College and Career Readiness for all students. She has been employed with Richland School District Two for 13 years and has worked in the field of education for a total of 16 years. She has received recognitions for her hard work and dedication with her students to include a highlight in the State Newspaper for an article written by Dr. Esteen entitled “The First Day of School…for Everyone”.

Not only is Dr. Esteen a dedicated and hard worker with her school district, she is just as dedicated and committed in her service to the Lord. Benita is an active member of Temple Zion Baptist Church where she currently serves as a Children’s Church Teacher, an assistant teacher in the Christian Living Class for Christian Life Today, and on the Hospitality and Youth Ministry. She has previously served as one of the teachers for Vacation Bible School, a member of the Love Fellowship Choir, and as a servant on the Food Ministry. Additionally, Benita was recognized by the Women’s Ministry for her “Outstanding Service to the Church and the Community”.

Dr. Esteen is the daughter of Frank Harris and Naomi Harris Samuel and the granddaughter of Reverend Allene B. Griffen. She is married to Reginald James Esteen, Sr. and have three sons: Reginald junior, Joshua, and Jacob. Dr. Esteen obtained her bachelor’s in psychology from Limestone College, her Master of Education in English from Troy University, her Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership from Augusta State University, and her Doctor of Education in Special Education from Northcentral University.

Although Dr. Esteen does not have a motto in the traditional sense, she most often recalls Psalm 121, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help”. With this, Dr. Esteen openly recognizes and acknowledges that she owes all of her achievements, accomplishments, and accolades to God who continues to provide her with all of the help and strength that she needs to persevere in God’s purpose and promise.

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