FORT WORTH, Texas (September 25, 2023) – Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD), the oldest co-ed college-preparatory school in Fort Worth, has appointed Chelsy Beninate, M.Ed., as its new Assistant Head of School for Operations and Security.

In this role, Beninate will oversee safety and security at FWCD’s 104-acre campus and manage facility operations at its 13 buildings, including security, maintenance, grounds, custodial and transportation. Partnering with the managers of those departments, she will ensure effective responsiveness and communication in crises, oversee the active support and involvement of the entire operations team while participating in drills, and regularly review and test safety and security systems to ensure proper working conditions in the event of an emergency.

“Chelsy gets things done and then looks for more ways she can help,” said head of school Eric Lombardi. “She is uniquely suited by talent and temperament to take over the operations role and ensure we are always meeting high expectations for ourselves as custodians and caregivers of an amazing community.”

Beninate has been employed at FWCD since July 2018, where she also serves as director of fine arts. A renowned educator with years of experience in teaching, leading teams, and developing relationships, she served in the United States Marine Corps for five years. Beninate earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music, a Master of Education in Leadership of Learning, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Conflict Resolution for Educators, all from Texas Wesleyan University.  

Prior to joining FWCD, Beninate served as the assistant principal at Church Hill Middle School, the academic dean at Canyon High School, and the assistant principal at Smithson Valley High School, all in New Braunfels, Texas. Beninate was recently accepted into and currently participates in the National Association of Independent Schools Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.

“I am honored to accept the role of Assistant Head of School for Operations and Security as it is integral to our school's overall functioning and success,” said Beninate. “My goal is to collaborate with all stakeholders to contribute to creating a safe, organized, and productive learning environment for students, teachers and staff, which ultimately enhances the quality of education the school provides.”

Since 1963, Fort Worth Country Day has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of its students. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth Country Day’s 220 faculty/staff members lead and teach grades JK-12. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Fort Worth Country Day focuses on the 3A’s—academics, arts, and athletics—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Fort Worth Country Day, visit or
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