Jenny Benavides, a Keeble Primary Montessori School kindergarten teacher, has come home to teach at her childhood primary school.
Benavides began her schooling in Aldine ISD at Keeble. She graduated from Victory Early College High School, where she received her high school diploma and an associate degree from Lone Star College. After graduation, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and served as a paraprofessional at Keeble.
“Being back here makes me feel at home,” Benavides said. “I have so many fond memories from my time at Keeble and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher.”
The first-year teacher is excited about returning to her childhood campus and making a positive impact in the lives of students the way teachers did for her.
“The opportunity to create a positive learning experience for children at this stage of life is important,” Benavides said. “My goal is to create a comfortable education setting for students during their primary years, so that it will continue throughout their educational experience.”
Although the campus looks a little different from when she attended, Benavides says the Montessori way was what she appreciated most about the school. The Montessori method allows students the opportunity to use play, creative visuals, and hands-on learning to understand new concepts.
Benavides explained, returning to her childhood school allows her to reminisce on memories but also create new ones. She is most excited to continue learning from her peers and most importantly watch her students learn and grow.