Ms. Peterson believes that as more youth learn about ways to be generous and active in the community, we all have a stronger and more kind future.
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Learning to Give Ambassadors
Benstead teaches Civic Engagement/Service/Service Learning within the specials rotation to all K – 5 students at Rocky River Elementary in Concord, North Carolina. She firmly believes that the three T’s of philanthropy (time, talent, and treasures) are just as essential as the three R’s in academics (reading, writing, and arithmetic). She is passionate about educating the whole child by using project based and service learning within the classroom.
She obtained a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Rivier College in New Hampshire and a Masters in Secondary Education from Simmons College in Boston. After teaching middle school for twenty years in Massachusetts, she moved to North Carolina (to escape the harsh New England winters).
Liz is currently an executive board member on the North Carolina Service Learning Collation. She is also working with North Carolina Legislators to incorporate a food recovery program, at all NC public schools. The Food Bus project promotes food recovery for the sake of alleviating hunger by collecting unused/unopened food leftover from school lunches, instead of throwing in the garbage. Rocky River Elementary recovered/donated 3,000 pounds of food to the Cabarrus County Food Bank during the 2017/2018 school year.
Liz joined the LTG Ambassador Trainer team during the 2018-19 school year.
Joyce is very PASSIONATE about ensuring ALL children have access to educational resources and programs that "engage, inspire and develop skills to thrive!"
Joyce joined the LTG Ambassador Trainer team during the 2018-19 school year.
Through the school redesign process, Kait has renewed her love and passion for service-learning. Kait is currently helping her school to adopt grade level philanthropies. Students across all grade levels are working within and outside the classroom to help their community. Kait has always believed in teaching not only content but also social/emotional skills. She believes that teaching content standards can happen within and through service learning, and social emotional lessons.
After graduating with her Master’s, she quickly entered the Doctorate of Education program at Southwestern College. Four years ago Kait left the classroom and moved into administration. Additionally, Kait is married and is a proud mom of two boys. Her family enjoys camping and traveling anytime that they can.
Kait joined the LTG Ambassador Trainer team during the 2019-20 school year.
Lisa Sandor is a teacher in a GSRP (Great Start Readiness Program) classroom in Allegan, Michigan.
She received her Bachelor degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Lisa is a member of NAEYC and TEACH certified. Lisa has been an active member with LTG for the past 5 years and has used many of the available lesson plans and ideas in her own classrooms. “Introducing children to Philanthropy at such an early age is a wonderful opportunity to start them young; caring for, doing for, and appreciating others.”
She has 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. She resides in Allegan, Michigan and in employed by Allegan AESA for the State of Michigan. Lisa states she is honored and excited to be chosen as one of the new Trainer Ambassadors for LTG. "I am looking forward to sharing my classroom experiences with other early childhood and elementary school teachers."
Lisa joined the LTG Ambassador team during the 2019-20 school year.
Mary's love for teaching, designing and developing hands-on, quality instructional youth programs has transcended into Courteous Kids and Life Launch which became a 501c3 in 2013. Since its inception, the nonprofit has touched over 15,000 young lives with the message and skill building instruction of becoming a kinder and more confident person. Ms. Budz is married and has three grown children and loves the rural life and gardening opportunities of Nebraska!
Mary Beth joined the LTG Ambassador team during the 2019-20 school year.