mbenegas01@hamline.edu
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Contact Info

Michelle Benegas
mbenegas01@hamline.edu
(651) 523-2301
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST 229

Michelle Benegas

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Michelle Benegas
mbenegas01@hamline.edu
(651) 523-2301
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST 229

Biography

Michelle Benegas, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning for Hamline's School of Education and principal investigator on the ELM (English Learners in the Mainstream) Project, a $1.5 million teacher professional development initiative through the US Department of Education. Her 2014 TEDx Talk entitled Confessions: New Teacher of Newcomers tells of her early experiences teaching secondary ESL to Minnesota’s newcomer population.

In 2015, she was President of MinneTESOL (Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and has been a vocal advocate for and contributor to the LEAPS Act, which is the most comprehensive legislation for English learners in the nation. She teaches courses in ESL methods in addition to courses for the ELM Project that are focused on preparing all teachers to meet the needs of English learners. In her work with teachers and schools, she promotes a model in which ESL teachers serve as site-based experts and coaches to their colleagues. Her research interests include ESL teacher leadership, teacher leader identity, and systemic approaches to improving services for English learners.

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

Publications

Teacher Leadership for School-Wide Engish Learning, TESOL Press

Teacher Proof: The Intersection of Scripted Curriculum and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for English Learners, Journal of Culture and Values in Education