Joel Benson – Spanish

Joel Benson

When I was 10 months old, my family and I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico where we lived for two years. Since then, my family traveled in and out of Latin America while working for the Foreign Service. Upon graduating from college, I moved to Costa Rica where I served in the Peace Corps as a Forestry Extension and Environmental Education Volunteer. I earned a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico before moving to southern Oregon. There, I spent five years teaching Spanish at St. Mary’s School in Medford, as well as AP Environmental Science and coaching Boys’ Varsity Soccer. My wife, Laurie, and I, currently own a coffee roastery in Buena Vista and I serve the town as Mayor. I am excited to help Link students learn Spanish at all levels, and participate with them as they grow during expeditions and other activities.