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Leslie Benckenstein

Currently inspired to use my brain again!!

Work experience

Jul 2013Nov 2014

Science Teacher 8th Grade

Houston ISD

Harangued 30+ hormonal 8th grade students and convinced them chemistry and physics were the keys to the universe.  All the while keeping them safe, entertained, and focused.


Sep 2004Jul 2013

Stay at Home Mom

Ran the household and took care of two kids and a husband.  Vice President of Spring Branch Mom's Club and Babysitting Co-op; Social Planner for Kingwood Mom's Club; Fund Raiser Deb Zale Foundation; Fund Raiser Katy Hayes Foundation; PTA Science Coordinator Willow Creek Elementary.

Jun 1996Sep 2004

8th Grade Science Teacher

Houston ISD

Taught (somewhat successfully)Integrated Physics and Chemistry at Sharpstown MS.  Absolutely loved it!  Served as Sharpstown Business Liaison to increase awareness of the Architectural Magnet Program on our campus; Tobacco Specialist for Houston ISD - spokesperson for HISD TV informing public of the smoking cessation programs available; Rice University Model Lab Science Teacher Trainer.

Mar 1994Jul 1996

Studio Mangager

Pam Francis Photography

Chaos Management at a VERY busy commercial photography studio in Montrose.  Arranged international and domestic travel, finances/book keeping; keeping Pam happy and feeding her 5 dogs that spent their day with me.


Memorial High School, Houston, Texas
Jan 1995Jul 1997

MA Curriculum and Instruction (ahem - worthless)

University of Houson
Sep 1989Dec 1993

BS Physiological Science

University of Texas, Austin