Faculty Focus – Miss Rachael Benedict
Before becoming the Spanish teacher a Shalom Christian Academy, Miss Rachael Benedict spent a summer in Spain. It was the perfect opportunity to practice all she had learned at Bob Jones University earning a degree in Spanish Education with a minor in teaching English as a second language. “During that time I lived with a family that only spoke Spanish and took classes in Spanish culture and history,” she said. “I was able to help out some with a local church plant there. It was a fantastic experience and really pushed my language use to the limit.”
Today Miss Benedict teaches Spanish 1 through 4 at the high school level at Shalom. Students in Miss Benedict’s classes can expect to see her with a cup of coffee and frequently burst out into random bouts of singing.
She enjoys helping students achieve a grasp of the Spanish language. “I had a fabulous Spanish teacher in high school who had a great impact on me. I wanted to be a positive influence on others like she had been in my life,” she said. “What motivates me when it comes to my job is knowing that my students can literally walk out of the classroom and use their Spanish right here in the community. Even if they do not use it here, the opportunities that learning any foreign language opens up is incredible!”
Miss Benedict joined the faculty of Shalom in January of 2016. She says she’s proud to be working at a school that pushes for spiritual and academic excellence. “It’s clear that the staff really does care for the students,” she said.
Miss Benedict loves her family – she is the oldest child in a family of five. When she’s not at school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, making music, and doing film projects. She attends Antrim Brethren in Christ church.