By Keri Luiz
Matthew Turner Elementary School will see a new face in the principal’s office beginning in the fall, as Leslie Beatson replaces 10-year district veteran Barbara Sanders.
Beatson’s hiring was announced before the Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees June 7. On Wednesday she said she is currently finishing up her commitments at Neil Cummins Elementary School in Corte Madera, where she has been the principal for three years.
Prior to that, she said, she was principal of a middle school in Vermont for seven years after served as a reading specialist there. Beatson’s experience includes elementary school work in Connecticut, as well, giving her 22 years as a teacher, reading specialist and administrator.
She is also a Benicia resident.