Dr. Donald Bentley

Dr. Donald Bentley – Guidance Counselor
Email dbentley@edison.edu
239-432-6776

Dr. Donald Bentley comes to Edison Collegiate High School – Lee Campus from Fulton County Schools in the Atlanta area of Georgia.  At Chattahoochee High School, he was the Chair of the Guidance and Counseling Department.  Chattahoochee is recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation.  During his tenure the school was twice named a Georgia School of Excellence, awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Federal Department of Education, and named as one of the nation’s top 100 high schools by Newsweek magazine.  US News and World Report also identified Chattahoochee as one of the top schools in the country.  He is skilled and experienced helping students make the transition from high school to college as over 90% of Chattahoochee’s students go on to four-year colleges and universities.  Many of his students also participated in a dynamic technology program that rewarded them with a dual diploma in College Prep and Career Technology.

Prior to working in secondary schools his career included working at several colleges.  He was the Dean of Students at Reinhardt College and Young Harris College, both in north Georgia.  At the University of Georgia he earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development and worked as an Academic Advisor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.  His Master’s of Education degree is from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he served as a residence hall director.  He also served as the Director of Student Life at Alliance College in Pennsylvania.

From 2001 to 2007 Dr. Bentley was a guidance counselor at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida.  There he created a new student orientation group, served on the Diversity Committee, and coached the girls tennis team.  During this period, Charlotte High School partnered with Edison State College’s Charlotte Campus to create the Edison Collegiate Institute.

Throughout his career in education, he has focused on creative ways counselors, educators, parents and administrators can work together to positively impact the lives of students.  Programs he initiated include the development of a peer mediation program, establishment a community-wide study skills program, and creation of an advisement program for parents and students.  He has also served with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation as an evaluator for their prestigious national college scholarship program.

His experience as a trainer includes study skills programs for the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, Kaplan the SAT training program, the American Sailing Association, and Executive Adventures.