Hello Spartans! My name is Jasmine Benton, and I am so excited and grateful to be the dance teacher here at Sossaman Middle School. I am a native of Mesa, Arizona, and I attended Arizona State University, where I earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance, with a concentration in Dance Education. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 and received the Outstanding Teacher Candidate Achievement Award in the area of Fine Arts. This is my 8th year as an educator.
By actively participating in the physical activity and the creative arts present in dance, I believe that students can be impacted in and beyond the classroom. They can learn the importance of hard work, determination, perseverance, responsibility, respect, and so much more. They can develop their self-expression, creativity, confidence, and personal identities. They can understand what it means to empathize, communicate, and collaborate. They can love learning.
I strive to cultivate a classroom environment that is safe, encouraging, and supportive so that students can try new things fearlessly, learn to believe in themselves, and lead one another. I know from my own experiences that dance can make a powerful and meaningful difference in the lives of students, and I can't wait to share that with you all. When I'm not dancing, I enjoy relaxing with my boyfriend, reading, chilling at the pool, listening to true crime podcasts, and going to rock concerts!