Hailing from East Tennessee, Ms. Bennett graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a minor in dance performance. She continued her studies receiving a Master of Fine Arts in dance choreography from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she was also an Iowa Arts Fellow and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Currently she is finishing up her Master’s Degree in early childhood education at Hunter College.
Ms. Bennett is thrilled to join our Early Education Teacher faculty. She began working at BASIS Independent Brooklyn as a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow last year. Though Ms. Bennett started teaching dance in 2004 to students ranging from 18 months through college age, she wanted to spend more time with her younger students, engaging with them in ways not limited to movement. Ms. Bennett then transitioned to a lead teacher role in PreK2 and PreK3 programs. With a desire to teach in an elementary setting, Ms. Bennett set her sights on BASIS Independent, hoping to gain more insights into the emotional and academic needs of our earliest learners.
Ms. Bennett has lived fully, including filming an ethnographic documentary in Mexico, backpacking through Europe without a smartphone, knocking on doors for a good cause in southern California, hand-delivering a newborn calf, driving cross-country, and has since committed herself to her ultimate adventure: classroom teaching. Outside the classroom she can be found in contemporary or modern dance classes, working out, watching movies, or eating her favorite ice-cream at her home in Red Hook.