Our 7th and 8th grade curriculum is exciting and active! On a daily basis, students create one-on-one mentoring relationships with their teachers, participate in social and emotional learning, actively engage in the curriculum through movement and interpersonal skills, and close gaps in their learning. We get outside regularly and find ways to connect students to their school community, their city and county communities and even further into their state community.
My name is Reuben Bennett. I was born in Valdosta, Georgia. At eight years old, my family and I moved to a thirty-acre farm in Lakeland, Georgia, a small town nineteen miles north of Valdosta. After graduation, I moved to Montgomery, Alabama and in 1990 I graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Faulkner University. I returned to Valdosta and began a career in construction. After working in construction for twelve years, I went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Adult and Career Education from Valdosta State University while working full time and raising a family. I taught an apprenticeship class from 2009 to 2018 as I continued to work in the field. After 26 years in the industry, I was ready for a change and began teaching middle school math and science in January of 2019.
I fell in love with Utah in 2016 while on a visit out West to explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion with my wife Amber, who teaches online kindergarten, first, and second grade here at GreenWood. We knew one day Utah would be our home. In my spare time I love playing music, creating art, reading books, and playing golf with my wife. One of my greatest joys in life is to play instruments and sing. In high school, I played trombone for the concert band and won first-place male soloist at a regional literary competition my senior year. I play guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar, and harmonica and my wife and I have a duo called Entwined.
I believe the cornerstone of EL Education is authentic learning and practical application. I am excited to be a part of the GreenWood Crew and am looking forward to using EL protocols that allow the students opportunities to gain practical application during hands-on experiments. My desire is that education will come to life in my students and my teaching philosophy can be summed up by one of my favorite quotes:
I feel that students learn best when they know the information they are learning will be used for the rest of their lives.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.