Our goal at WMSS is to provide a challenging curriculum in a caring and nurturing environment that promotes student learning and good citizenship. The policies and procedures for admission in WMSS reflect this basic choice.
As we continue to build upon our successes we are proud to provide an educational environment where parents, children, and educators work closely as a team. The differentiated instruction includes a wide range of science curriculum as well as all the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards. Students and parents are expected to sign and honor our "Parent, Student, Teacher Contract".
When selecting a school of choice, parents are an essential part of the learning team, and their acceptance of an active role in their child's learning environment is expected. Support by parents and students of West Melbourne Elementary School for Science (WMSS) mission statements, beliefs, objectives, policies and procedures are essential. Therefore, enrollment in WMSS is based on student and parent choice.
To educate today’s students utilizing scientific discovery and the implementation of technology to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s world.
Our vision is to help each child develop their full potential while becoming creative producers and self-directed lifelong learners. We will accomplish this through a commitment to excellence and collaboration among parents, staff, students and community.
Brevard Public Schools Mission:
To Serve Every Student with Excellence as the Standard.
Brevard Public Schools Vision:
Brevard Public Schools will serve our community and Enhance students’ lives by delivering the highest quality education in a culture of dedication, collaboration, and learning.
Mrs. Theresa Benson was born and raised in Broward County, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education Degree in Ed. Leadership at Florida Atlantic University (Go Owls!). She taught various grade levels in Broward County for 14 years, including Pre-K (5 years), 2nd grade (4 years), 3rd grade ( 3 years) and 5th grade (2 years) Mrs. Benson has been married to her husband, John , for 34 years and together they have raised 3 children along with their Labradors, Lilly and Daisy. 😊
In 2006, Mrs. Benson’s family relocated to Union County, NC to be closer to family and for career opportunities. Mrs. Benson became an Assistant Principal at Sun Valley HS for 2 years and at Hemby Bridge Elementary for one year. Then from 2009- 2018, Mrs. Benson was the principal at two Title 1 Schools, Walter Bickett Elementary, School of Technology (2009-2014) and Sardis Elementary (2014-2018). Mrs. Benson was quoted saying that “being the principal was the best job in the world. It’s a place I can go to make a difference in someone’s life every day!”
In 2018, the Benson family returned to Florida. However, Brevard County became their home this time. While waiting to continue Educational Leadership, Mrs. Benson did a maternity leave at Williams Elementary teaching Math and Science from August to October 2018. Then, became part of the team at Viera High School as a Dean of Students from October to June 2019. In May of 2019, Mrs. Benson was thrilled to be named the Principal at West Melbourne Elementary, School for Science for the 2019-2020 school year. She is honored to be a Shooting Star and is looking forward to working alongside the families and staff at WMSS.
I am so excited that I have been chosen to serve as your Assistant Principal and eager to join the Shooting Stars team! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about West Melbourne School of Science and I feel honored that I was selected to be a part of this school and community. I can’t wait to hit the ground running in August and meet each and every one of you!
I am a product of Brevard County Public Schools. I attended Saturn Elementary, Clearlake Middle School, and Cocoa High School. I even had the privilege to teach at the school I attended as a child and work under my elementary school principal. I have lived in Brevard County my entire life and never have had a desire to leave. I graduated from The University of Central Florida with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K- 6. I went to Grand Canyon University and received a Master’s in Reading and Curriculum Instruction and my Specialist degree in Educational Leadership K-12. I also have my reading, ESOL, ESE, and leadership endorsements.
I started my teaching career in Orange County in 2010 and transferred to Brevard Public Schools two years later. During my teaching career I taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade, as well as served as an ESE resource teacher. I began my leadership Dear West Melbourne School of Science parents and students,
career last year as a Teacher on Assignment, which allowed me to work alongside administration and learn the administrative role. I have also been privileged to be part of many district initiatives.
When I am outside of school, I have a busy life of being a mom. I have two children, a son and a daughter. My daughter stays busy with arts and crafts and my son stays busy with sports. I spend a lot of time cheering him on at football, baseball, and basketball games. When I am not being a sports mom, I enjoy spending my time camping and being by the pool.
Again, I am very excited to be part of this amazing school community and can’t wait to serve as your Assistant Principal and become a member of the Shooting Stars!
See you soon,