Title: Elementary School Educator
Location: Greeley, Colorado, United States
Dorothy Benner, Elementor School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in reading and psychology.
With an impressive professional history dating back more than 57 years, Mrs. Benner’s passion for education is deeply rooted in her love for children that started at an early age. In her own youth, she enjoyed babysitting and taking care of other children, which influenced her path. She first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State College in 1962 and later received a Master of Arts from the institution in 1968. She later earned an EdS from the University of North Colorado in 1978. She became certified in teaching elementary, business and special education. Furthermore, she is a certified school psychologist.
While matriculating in her own academic endeavors, Mrs. Benner began working as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell. She then served as a secretary at Connecticut Mutual Life before reaching her goal of becoming an educator in 1962. For a number of years, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Greeley, CO area before becoming a full-time educator in 1968. She worked in this role until her retirement in 2002, but continues to remain a part of student’s lives as a substitute teacher. As an educator, she specialized in helping students with reading. For her many years as a dedicated educator, Ms. Benner has received a number of awards. These accolades include the Lion Award from the Greeley Education Association, Commendations from the Greeley Police and Fire Departments, an Innovative Educator Award from the Colorado Department of Education and the Teacher Who Makes a Difference Award from Channel 4 News Center and the Rocky Mountain News. In addition, she was recognized in Woman’s World Magazine for her adopt-an-officer program.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Benner has maintained affiliation with a variety of organizations that have aided in professional development. These include the National Education Association, the Greeley Education Association, the Colorado Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Kappa Gamma. In addition to her work in education, she has long been civically minded One of her greatest achievements in giving back to the community was organizing a trip for New York police and fireman and their families to visit Colorado the summer after September 11, 2001. Outside of being a teacher and giving back to her community, she enjoys piano playing, reading, sewing and being with her grandchildren.
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