5-12-2017 – Eastvale – Meet Ken Benor! He is a science teacher at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate.
Mr. Benor has been teaching for 13 years. He begun his career at the Anaheim City School District and moved to the Corona-Norco Unified School District ten years ago.
Mr. Benor earned his undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading from Grand Canyon University.
Mr. Benor decided to become a teacher after volunteering in a second grade classroom when he was in high school.
“I have always really enjoyed working with children,” he said, “In high school, I volunteered in a second grade classroom and it became the highlight of my day. Since that time, I knew that I wanted to work in the classroom.”
His favorite part about being a teacher is working with students and watching them learn.
“Students are great to work with. They are so interesting, especially at the middle school level,” he says, “I love their personalities, senses of humor, and general quirkiness. There are no dull days. When the light bulb goes off it is very rewarding .”
His teaching philosophy is based on relationship building.
“Teachers are with students for such a great amount of time over the course of the year; it is paramount to have a great working relationship with them,” he says, “Sometimes we forget to recognize what a great part of the students’ lives we are.”
Mr. Benor also believes making learning fun is a key part of teaching.
“We are competing with such a high amount of stimulus in the lives of these children, so it’s very important that teachers find novel ways to keep their classes engaged. I want students to love science after being in my classroom.”
A typical day for Mr. Benor consists of getting his lessons ready, grading work, tutoring, planning and a few meetings sprinkled in between.
“The most important part of the day comes when I am working with the students in classes,” he says.
Mr. Benor loves spending time with his wife and his two children. His favorite hobbies include listening to music and watching movies.
“I am passionate about anything involving hockey,” he says.
One of his goals for 2017 is to implement more STEM activities and use technology in the classroom more regularly.
His favorite inspirational quote is one from Steve Jobs, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
“I love this quote. I always tell my students that a career becomes such an important part of any person’s life,” he says, “For me, I love my job and it helps me to look forward to waking up each day. I feel really lucky to teach at a great school in a wonderful district.”
A few words of encouragement from Mr. Benor:
“Each one of us is lucky to be where we are. Sometimes it is a challenge to see that; if we take a step back, we will see how much we have to be grateful for.”