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Mrs.  Penny  Gentry
5th Grade Teacher
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I am an honors graduate of both East Carolina University and Campbell University. I hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a K-12 Reading Certification.

This is my 18th year as a teacher.





This is my 18th year as a teacher. I am also AVID Trained and serve as the AVID Site Coordinator.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to 5th grade at Southwest Elementary School! I am glad to be part of the SWE Family once again. Though I have been away for a while, this will be my 10th year at SWE! Let me just say how very excited I am to have each and every one of your children in my classroom.

My name is Mrs. Gentry and I will be your child's teacher for Language Arts and Social Studies this school year. My classroom is located on the main hall past the library and cafeteria,#708.

A little about myself: I am from New Bern, North Carolina. I have been married for 35 years and have three children. My daughter Virginia is the oldest. She lives with her husband Ryan (Special Forces, Army Medic) and their four children (Ava, Sophia, Hannah and Samson) near Seattle, Washington. My oldest son, Gregory (Air Force), lives near Shreveport, Louisiana with his son Christian. My youngest son, Alexander, is attending East Carolina University, which is the Alma Mater for both me and my husband, Garry, a local businessman who is also a former teacher and coach. Alex also serves in the North Carolina National Guard. He has a wife named Amber and two daughters (Lilah and Alice). They are expecting a third child early next summer!