Mrs. Sharon Benson
Gifted and Talented teacher for Crismon, Guerrero, Pomeroy, Redbird, Roosevelt, Sirrine, and Washington; 5th and 6th grades.


Born In Oregon, Sharon moved with her family to Arizona in 1973, where she was enrolled into Mesa Public Schools.  She graduated from Westwood High School, and enrolled at ASU.  She transferred to Mesa Community, and then Phoenix Community College, after her first year at ASU, so she could explore some options.  She did  return to ASU, where she earned a BS in Sociology.  After some time working in the banking industry, Sharon returned to ASU in the early 1990's and earned her MEd along with her certification to teach.

Sharon taught in Apache Junction for four years before deciding to stay home with her children while they were young.  She has been active in school communities for many years serving as PTO President, volunteer, and general all around teacher helper!  She loved being able to take part in her children's education in a variety of ways.

She returned to the classroom as a substitute when the youngest of her 4 children entered 1st grade. This provided her with an opportunity to see many different learning environments and programs.  She has subbed in almost all areas at the elementary level, including our Gus behavior, autism, and MOID programs.  These many varied teaching opportunities enriched her teaching ability in many ways.

She began teaching at the Taft Gifted and Talented site, at the start of the 2013/14 school year as a long term substitute.  She quickly pursued the necessary steps for recertification with the state in order to make this a permanent opportunity.  Sharon also currently holds a Gifted Endorsement.  She moved to the Sirrine Gifted and Talented site at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, the GT program was moved from Sirrine to Booker T. Washington, due to a change in gifted services for identified students.  This change to prgramming allows for elementary gifted students to attend the program with students with which they would potentially graduate from high school 

She has  a passion for educating, and developing a student's ability to think, process, and reason.  Our program offers many opportunities for students to develop skills in creative and critical thinking, as well as applying many different problem solving strategies.  She looks forward to working with the students from Crismon, Pomeroy, Sirrine, Cuererro, Redbird, Roosevelt, and Washington for many years to come.



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