Portia Benson

portiabike1I have worked in several different occupational fields throughout my career and have enjoyed them all! My teaching experience started as part of my undergraduate degree at Principia College. I student-taught Early Childhood Education at a vocational high school in Denver. I loved working with the students, and enjoyed seeing the students learn the skills of managing a preschool!

After graduation, I spent many years as a technical trainer, which allowed me to travel the world teaching people how to use computer systems. I really got to understand the unique ways in which people of different cultures and backgrounds learned the best. I realized that the traditional classroom atmosphere was not always the most productive learning method.

I took additional courses to obtain my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, and have worked with English Literacy programs tutoring Hispanic women in different regions of Colorado.

Learning is a lifelong goal for me. I recently obtained my Masters of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. My ‘bucket list’ is full of new adventures. I regularly get to complete items on my list, however for each item that gets crossed off, I generally add two or three new goals!

I live in the town of Buena Vista with my family and enjoy roller derby, hiking, snowboarding, swimming, canoeing and many other outdoor activities. I play the clarinet in the local orchestra, and recently discovered my love of mountain biking! It is very inspiring to be part of a dedicated team that is making a difference in the lives of young people.portia website1