My name is Amber Bennett. I was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. Growing up, I was the middle child of 5 kids and with two older brothers, I had to learn to be tough. I loved sports and played basketball and softball during my years in school. I went on to play basketball at Valdosta State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography with a minor in Geology. While in college, I was able to travel to Italy to study the local geology, work as a wetland delineator at Moody Air Force Base, and spend a summer working for NASA using Global Positioning Systems as a cartographer.
After staying home with my young children for a few years, I began teaching preschool, which affirmed my love for teaching. After a few years of preschool and substitute teaching, I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis on reading, language arts, and science. My husband, Reuben Bennett, who teaches seventh and eighth grade science and sixth grade STEM, and I are excited to be a part of GreenWood Charter this year.
This is my 14th year in education and my sixth year as a teacher with EL Education. I have seen how the protocols of EL Education have deepened students’ learning, thinking and collaboration. I am passionate about purposefully integrating the arts into my classroom environment and feel that arts integration allows students of different learning styles an opportunity to create an artistic representation of their learning. I believe this helps them to appreciate high quality work and learn the art of critique and self-reflection.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 5 kids and fluffy golden doodle, Gigi. Together we enjoy traveling, the great outdoors, sports, reading, being creative, making music and dabbling in a variety of visual arts.
I believe that it is imperative to teach students how to think for themselves, have a growth mindset, and create a learning environment that makes learning fun and authentic.
Aloha! I grew up in Ogden and absolutely love it! I graduated from high school and immediately moved to Hawaii for college. It was an incredible experience! In addition to enjoying island life, I graduated with my BA in Elementary Education. I have also lived on the east coast and traveled to 4 of the 7 continents and dream of traveling to Antarctica one day!!
Traveling is one of my passions. I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, archery, canoeing, and lots of other outdoor activities! I also enjoy a good book and am frequently reading more than one novel at once! I taught two years in Upper Grove and had the opportunity to teach Spanish and even go on a backpacking trip! I am excited to be an online teacher and get to know more of you!
GreenWood is the perfect place for me to join my love of the outdoors and my love of teaching.
This is my 4th year as an EL Educator and I am excited to be part of the GreenWood team this school year! I am originally from east-central Iowa. I graduated from Iowa State University with two degrees in 2016--one in Education with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language, and another in Linguistics with a minor in teaching English as a second language. I moved to Utah in 2017 when my husband started graduate school at USU. My husband, my cat, and I moved from Logan to Ogden last summer and we love it! We recently added a puppy to our small family, too. In my free time, I love riding my bike, enjoying the mountains, and eating pizza!
I enjoy teaching all subjects, but especially love reading and language arts. I love EL Education because it really allows students to become “experts” on a topic. It also promotes a culture that helps crews form strong, trusting bonds with one another that make learning together so much fun.
My favorite part about being a teacher is building relationships with students and their families, and watching students learn new, amazing things that they never knew before.
Born in Utah, I grew up in the local area as well as in Idaho. My family ended up moving back to Utah and I graduated from Morgan High. Throughout college, I struggled to find a degree that matched my passion. Thankfully, I found a degree in Heath Promotion where I was able to focus on Mind and Body Wellness and Suicide Prevention. I graduated from Weber State University in 2017 and entered the world of education. Over the last several years, I've had the opportunity to volunteer with the Northern Utah Hope Task Force (NUHOPE), raise awareness about suicide prevention, train Hope Squads, and help plan local suicide awareness events, as well as assist with programs at the YMCA and The Boys and Girls Club of America.
I married my wife in 2011, and together we have two children. I love spending time with my family and dog. I have a passion for photography, and not only is it a great hobby but a great tool for mindfulness. I love spending time outdoors where I can appreciate the beauty of Utah.
I am excited and honored to be a part of the staff at GreenWood Charter.
There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.