Bente Winston is the Founder of Sussex School. She received her Danish teaching degree with a major in math education in 1963. She started her teaching career in Copenhagen, Denmark where she taught for three years before moving to Montana in 1967 after meeting her husband Don Winston in Copenhagen.
Bente served as the Sussex Director and math teacher until 1991 when she retired as school director. She continued to teach mathematics in grades 6-8. She retired from regular teaching responsibilities in 2007 and now coaches the school’s Mathcounts Team for part of the year.
Bente is recipient of the Honors Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (1988) and the Montana State Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Mathematics Teaching (1990). Bente was a writer for STEM (Success Through Exploring Mathematics), University of Montana in 1991 and 1992. Bente received the prestigious Dean Preble Award in 2013. The Dean Preble Memorial is awarded annually to a Montana educator who has made significant contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and who has consistently assumed a leadership role among math educators. Bente served as treasurer of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) from 1988 to 1991, and is a life-long member of the Sussex School Board.
In her free time, Bente likes to play tennis, ski, rock climb, sail, hunt waterfowl, play chess, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.