Betsy Peterson is a former teacher with a heart for experiential learning and helping students recognize their voice. Her elementary classrooms reflected a love for learning and community involvement. She was active with piloting and writing curriculum and leading other teachers through curricular change. Later, she applied her educational expertise as product development director with a national publisher.
Betsy first learned about the impact of philanthropy education when Learning to Give piloted its lessons in Michigan schools, demonstrating that the skills, joy, and empowerment of philanthropy could be formalized into teachable knowledge and experience when integrated into all K-12 academic subjects. Ms. Peterson started at Learning to Give as a consultant and has served as an editor, writer, director of curriculum, and director. Ms. Peterson believes that as more youth open to kindness and generosity in their communities, we all have a stronger and more hopeful future.
Katelyn S. Herrygers
Content and Community Manager
Katelyn Herrygers is a content writing and social media specialist with a heart for purpose-driven work. She first learned about the impact of philanthropy and community involvement during a summer internship at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation during her undergraduate studies at Aquinas College. This experience solidified her desire to do meaningful work that positively impacts the community through service, education, and giving.
After earning a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2014, she decided to stay in West Michigan rather than pursue a PhD at an out-of-state program. Over the course of the last half-decade, Katelyn has gained valuable experience in marketing, digital advertising, event planning, project management, communication, and social media. She also writes for fun! Check out her blog KatelynShae or follow her on Twitter @KatieShaeWrites
Katelyn is excited, and thankful, to be a part of the Learning to Give mission.
2019 Learning to Give Ambassador Trainers
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.
Joyce is very PASSIONATE about ensuring ALL children have access to educational resources and programs that "engage, inspire and develop skills to thrive!"
Learning to Give has been a go-to resource for Lea and she’s thrilled to be able to help other educators connect with this organization as a 2019 Learning to Give Ambassador Trainer.
Turquoise is currently the fifth grade Reading, Writing and Social Studies teacher of Mrs. Parker’s Professors in Durham, N.C. She also enjoys volunteering in many different areas that greatly benefit, enhance and enrich the lives of all children. On June 15, 2016, Turquoise along with 13 other North Carolina Public School teachers (one of those 13 being her husband) participated in civil disobedience because she believes strongly that her children and all children deserve more. It is because of this belief, she strives to make magic happen in her class every single day.
Turquoise believes it is her true passion to work with kids and continues to fight for our kids like their lives depend on it because it does! She is a teacher blogger at mrsparkersprofessors.blogspot.com to share with the world her creativity and all the wonderful things her students are accomplishing. It is her passion that people get the best that God has to offer; and live to fulfill their Purpose! She lives her life according to Jeremiah 29:11.