BLES Principal Dr. Lesley Pendleton and teacher honoree, Kathy Bentley

Each year, Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation (DCSF) honors one very deserving, over-the-top teacher with a Professional Development Award. And the 2017 winner .....Berkeley Lake Elementary Teacher Kathy Bentley!

Mrs. Bentley is the Science Specialist at BLES, and has gone above and beyond her teaching duties for 20+ years. Mrs. Bentley heads up many outlets for kids to get involved with humanity, tech, environment, and learning: Green Team Club, Camp Invention, IT Girls Club, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, and as the STEM Academic Team Leader. The award is funded by Scintel, a Duluth company, in honor of Dr. Chandrasekhar. 

Mrs. Bentley was honored on Father’s Day at the Sunday Kind of Groove Concert to benefit DCSF. Although rain was threatening, many enjoyed a concert outing with Dad at the picnic grounds on beautiful Berkeley Lake. The band Classic Recall rocked the crowd with timeless classics from the 70s. Concert-goers picked teachers’ wishes from an appletree, and gave generously to help supply classrooms of the 7 Title I schools. 



The next DCSF Sunday Groove concert will be on SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 with the splash of real Big Band/Swing Era sounds by ATLANTA 17. It’s been rumored that musically talented kids from Coleman STEAM School will give these classics a try, too. For tickets to this fun, bring-your-picnic concert, go to or, or 770-368-2076.