Faculty/Staff Bio

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Jonathan Bender

B.S., Wilmington College; M.A., Middlebury College



Work Phone: 860-945-7953

Year Appointed: 2010

Jonathan began his undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and then finished his degree in middle-level education at Wilmington College in Delaware. During the fall of 2001, he student taught at George Read Middle School in New Castle, DE, where he remained as a full-time social studies teacher during the second semester. He then went on to teach 7th and 8th grade at Saint Edmond’s Academy in Wilmington, DE, where he taught Spanish, literature and language arts, coached JV soccer and lacrosse, advised the Spanish and chess clubs, organized and led a summer tour of Spain for students and parents and served for two years as the Spanish Department coordinator. During his initial years at Saint Edmond’s, he took a Spanish course at the University of Delaware and participated in a summer immersion program in Spain. From 2005 to 2008, he spent his summers studying in Vermont and Guadalajara, Mexico, to earn a master’s in Spanish, with a concentration in linguistics, from Middlebury College. He is a member of the American Associate of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and has been accepted into Middlebury’s French program. At Taft, Jonathan teaches Spanish, coaches JV boys’ soccer and lacrosse and lives on CPT3 with his wife, Debi, and their daughters, Elsi and Tish.

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