• Michelle Benegas

    Michelle Benegas

    edTPA Faculty Coordinator
    Assistant Professor, Second Language Teaching and Learning


    Michelle Benegas is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning in Hamline's School of Education. Also an alum, Benegas earned her ESL teaching license and MA.Ed. at Hamline in 2003. Her teaching career began in secondary ESL at LEAP High School in Saint Paul where she taught newcomers to the United States. In addition to her work in teacher education, Benegas has taught ESL and Spanish at the secondary, adult basic education and college levels. Through her contributions to the 2014 Minnesota LEAPS Act (the most comprehensive legislation for English learners in the nation) and her role on the ESSA School Accountability System Advisory Committee at the Minnesota Department of Education, she has been active in education policy work. In 2015, Benegas completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction - Second Languages and Cultures Education. Her dissertation research is in culturally relevant pedagogy for English learner and her current research is in ESL and co-teaching. She was the 2015 president of MinneTESOL (Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

    Teaching Style

    Benegas believes in creating learning spaces that feel like community. Committed to teaching courses that are grounded in the greater sociopolitical context, she encourages students to bring current events in the field of education as well as professional experience into critical discussions that examine the intersections of schooling and society. Her enthusiasm for culture and languages are evident in her love for teaching.

    It is truly awe-inspiring to be a member of a community of learners that extends their passion and talents as far as teachers do. I cannot imagine a more generative space than a gathering of teachers.

    -Michelle Benegas