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District Dedication: Staff Spotlight

Mike Benbow

Mike Benbow Years at the district?
I student taught in 1993, I have been in the district for over 20 years.

Why did you become a teacher?
I looked into lots of different careers, but what other career
lets you make such a huge difference in people’s lives.
Coaching is teaching and it goes hand in hand with making
a difference. I know that there were teachers like Laz Lesku
and Coach Dick Cahill who made me the person I am today.
I am very proud of our profession and work hard to do it the right way.

What do you love about your job?
Dealing with teens every day is a blast! You really do not
know what you are going to get from one day to the other.
I have worked with 14-18 year olds for 20 years, I started
when I was 23, so 20 years later I still deal with same age,
it keeps me the same age (sure it does). Teaching and
coaching is very rewarding when you see kids come
together and get it!

Something interesting very few people know about you.
People know that I love to travel, but few know that I am a
huge fan of Broadway Musicals! I encourage everyone to
check them out, they are amazing.
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