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Gifted Teacher Recognized as One of the Top in the Country
Mr. Christopher Benavides, a resource teacher from Boca Raton, received national
recognition at the 50th Annual National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 12-16, 2003. Mr. Benavides
was awarded a Professional Achievement Certificate and plaque for community
service curriculum. He is the first from Florida and one out of nine teachers
in the United States to receive this professional certification from NAGC.
The Professional Certificate of Achievement (PAC) is an individualized, mentored
experience over a tailored two-year program filled with learning experiences
based on goals set by the participant and mentor. "Kindness spoken in
the classroom and practiced in the community makes a difference in all children,"
Benavides said. "The greatest reward can be found in sharing a part of
someone's life and knowing you've made a difference. Service learning
addresses community needs and prepares students for their future."
Mr. Benavides has taught 12 years in Palm Beach County in grades 4 through
8 and Gifted K through 5. He is also an adjunct instructor at Lynn University
in Boca Raton where he teaches math and science methods courses in the School
of Education. He strongly advocates community service learning in the classroom.