Meet The Team: Interim Science Instructional Specialist — Sara Benge

Many staff and students around our campus call her Science Sara. She is the science instructional specialist and a house parent for Aspen House. Sara Benge has invested years in teaching and working with youth, including a stint in the Peace Corps in rural Morocco, teaching ESL at Horizon Science Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

She then taught science at a nature center in New Hampshire. In addition, Sara has led international service and adventure trips for high school students with The Road Less Traveled.

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Below, we quiz this science wiz on her life before Eagle Rock, her objectives here and some other fun trivial factoids:

Eagle Rock: What year did you graduate from college, what college did you attend, and what did you major and minor in?

Sara Benge: I graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., in 2009. I studied biology and exercise physiology.

ER: What was it that attracted you to Eagle Rock? 

SB: I was most attracted to Eagle Rock’s mission to reengage the disengaged. I was excited to be a part of an intentional, residential community that allows young people to explore their authentic selves.

ER: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time? 

SB: Like many Coloradans, I am an avid adventurer. I enjoy hiking, climbing, biking, and just being in the mountains. When not exploring the outdoor world, you can find me with a good book, a crossword puzzle, or spending quality time with the people I love.

ER: What reality TV should you be on and why would you win or be kicked off? 

SB: Interesting question. I don’t know many reality TV shows, but I think it would be pretty rad to be on The Amazing Race. I would win only if my competitive brother could be my partner.

ER: What’s your all-time favorite Eagle Rock success story? 

SB: That would be any time that students push their comfort zones in the classroom to be leaders of their own learning and redefine their narrative of success.

ER: What’s one thing not many people know about you? 

SB: I grew up showing dairy goats and horses in a 4-H Club.

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