Michael Benson is the Seventh/Eighth Grade Teacher at Wilkinson School where he has been for nearly a decade. From the very first year, he knew he was working at a very special school, a place where relationships and experience are at the heart of each day. He loves the relationships he is able to formulate with his students in a multi-age classroom and the freedom he’s allowed at the school to bring new ideas and infuse some excitement to the curriculum. Having the opportunity to teach nearly all subjects makes every day different, and he is thankful to be working with such a small, delightful group of students, acting as both a teacher and a mentor.
Michael moved to the Bay Area in 2005 from his home and lifetime residence in the rural town of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, where he experienced success in arts, academics, and athletics. After spending a few years at a small public university in Minnesota, he earned a teaching license for Communication Arts and Literature, grades 5-12. He was finally able to leave the state for an extended period of time, completing his student teaching experience at an English immersion school near Madrid, Spain.
He and his wife reside in Montara and love spending time outside, whether hiking in Montara, wandering in San Francisco, or playing disc golf. They also love traveling, anything from road trips around the country or international trips, including Peru, Spain, Borneo, Japan, and South Korea. This is part of what he loves about being involved with the Intensive Studies trips – he gets to share the joy of travel with his students. Along with the Intensive Studies trip, he enjoys the Big Basin hike and kayaking every year with his students. He’s looking forward to a long life on the Coastside and many more excellent years at Wilkinson School.