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About Mr. Bentz
Jim Bentz graduated from the University of Utah in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism mass communication and minored in English literature.
For the first 18 years of his professional life, Mr. Bentz worked in communications, marketing, and product management in the health-care industry.
In 2001, Mr. Bentz was encouraged by his office to volunteer in his community, so he spent one hour each Tuesday and Thursday morning helping in the “I Can Read” program at his children’s elementary school. Before the end of that pivotal year, Mr. Bentz dropped out of business and enrolled in the University of Phoenix’s master of arts in education program. He completed his graduate work in 2003 and is currently entering his fifteenth year as an English language arts teacher. He has worked with students in grades seven to twelve.
Mr. Bentz says his best quality as an educator is his desire to put students and their needs first and foremost in all his classes. “Everything I do, from ongoing professional development to advocating for kids, is driven by a humble desire to see young people become smarter, better human beings,” he said.
Favorite Performance Character Trait
“I absolutely loves grappling with the complexities of the adolescent mind in my ELA classes,” he said. “It’s a truly rewarding and humbling endeavor. I firmly believe that, to put students first and help them develop the Athlos Performance Character traits, a teacher must first cultivate the self-knowledge — the recognition of one’s proper place in the scheme of things—that comes with a sincere and true form of humility.”
Fun Facts about Mr. Bentz
Q: What are three things most people don’t know about you?
- Not many people know that I, my sister, and my parents all survived the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America (second most powerful ever): The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 (magnitude 9.2).
- I have collected rare and first-edition books for almost 40 years, and now I have a personal library of over 6,000 volumes.
- If you visit my home, you are likely to be loved to death by my 180-pound Saint Bernard named Bruno. We have been rescuing and adopting these huge, slobbering creatures for more than 25 years.