Jessica Benton Wake County Elementary Educator
Hello all! I am a special education teacher in Wake County. I have been teaching for 11 years, six of which I was in a self contained Intellectual Disabilities Moderate classroom and five of which I have been in a Cross Categorical Resource classroom. I have worked with kids with intellectual, emotional and learning disabilities. I have always been drawn to students that think differently. I like figuring out ways to influence behaviors positively. In fact, I like the challenge of working with students with behavior problems. Establishing a relationship and winning over students that others struggle to reach gives me a sense of pride.
Starting in 2011 I began organizing with Wake NCAE around the school board races. We won a pro-education school board majority that year, and I was hooked for life. I think social justice issues go hand in hand with education issues. I really don’t see how we, as educators, will be able to even touch the achievement gap without looking at education through a social justice lens.
I am really looking forward to working with y’all (southerner for life) this semester. I’ll be looking at posts for questions, but if you ever have something pressing, please don’t hesitate to ask. I believe with my heart and soul that teaching is the most important job you can do. It is also very tough, but the rewards you get can’t be found anywhere else.
The main thing I want you to know right now is that you are not expected to know all the answers…ever. Our culture puts a lot of pressure on us to know what to do all the time, and I want you to rest assured that that is never going to happen. Go ahead and forgive yourself now so that you don’t start your first years with undue pressures, and be prepared to ask lots and lots of questions. Teaching is all about life long learning, and luckily for us, we do it together in teams. You are never alone.
Very much looking forward to hearing what the next generation of teachers has to offer our students. Welcome to the best profession there is!!!