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michelle benegas

Contact Info

Michelle Benegas
651 523-2301
DRH Non-Residence Area 66E
Hamline University MS-A1720
1536 Hewitt Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Michelle Benegas

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Michelle Benegas
651 523-2301
DRH Non-Residence Area 66E
Hamline University MS-A1720
1536 Hewitt Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Biography

Michelle Benegas is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning for Hamline's School of Education. She has taught as an adjunct in the School of Education for several years, and is also a Hamline alum, having earned her MA.Ed. in 2003. Michelle began her teaching career as a high school ESL teacher at LEAP High School in Saint Paul. She has since taught Spanish, ESL, and teacher education courses at several local colleges and universities. She is President of MinneTESOL (Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), and has been a vocal advocate and contributor to the LEAPS Act (the most comprehensive legislation for English learners in Minnesota history). Michelle completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Second Languages and Cultures Education. Her dissertation research (and a continuing theme of interest) is in culturally relevant pedagogy for English learners. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling with her husband and three daughters, who are being raised bilingually. She also enjoys restoring their 100 year old home in the Macalester Groveland neighborhood.

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

Additional Links

Michelle Benegas TEDX Talk