Q & A with Mrs. Bennett


Mrs. Bennett poses for a picture in her studio.

Q: How did you become interested in art?

A: My relatives were art teachers and I grew up with an aunt who taught me art. I always took art classes in school and took my first pottery class at the age of six.


Q: What college did you attend?

A: I attended Carlow University for college.


Q: How many years have you been teaching?

A: I’ve been teaching for a total of ten years.


Q: What made you want to become an art teacher?

A: When I was younger I read the Little House on the Prairie books. The main character, Laura, ends up becoming a teacher and that’s partially what inspired me.


Q: Have you taught at any other schools? If so which ones?

A: Prior to teaching at Trinity, I taught at Mount Lebanon at the junior high and elementary school level.


Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you have done?

A: I would have become an artist or potter. I actually have a potters wheel and kiln in my basement.


Q: When you aren’t teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

A: When I’m not teaching I like to play video games like Lord of the Rings Online and Civilization.


Q: What has teaching taught you about yourself?

A: I’ve learned that I’m actually a pretty patient person, something I hadn’t realized before. Another thing I’ve learned is that I really like teenagers.


Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to become a teacher?

A: I would say don’t worry too much about the lesson plans or the lesson itself. The main job is about teaching the kids that you have in front of you.


Q: Is there anything you’d like to add?

A: I’m allergic to lions and my favorite animal is an otter. I can also make a pretty mean cheesecake.