Having grown up on the Jersey Shore, Larry Benner just moved back to the area and is excited to weave his years of experience teaching and learning in and out of the classroom in various places into the Voyagers Community. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast; hiking, skiing, biking, surfing, climbing, and gardening. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire including course study on the Isles of Shoals studying the intertidal ecology at the field study station on Appledore Island.
He served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal teaching Science and English as a Second Language to 4th to 8th grade students taking any chance he could get to hike throughout the Himalayas. There was a time he was a confident conversational speaker and reader in the Nepali language. When he eventually does return, there is no doubt the language cobwebs will clear and he could comfortably navigate the remote villages.
Mark became a faculty member at Voyager’s Community School during the Summer of 2022. A graduate of NJIT, Mark’s skill set includes a wide range from the world of Digital Arts: Digital Painting, 3D Modeling, Motion Capture, and Animation. Among his favorite programs to utilize are Krita, the Adobe Suite, and Autodesk Maya. Because of the ever-encompassing nature of Social Media, Mark sought to learn marketing techniques as a means to augment his Digital Arts skills. He successfully promoted on-campus clubs for the benefit of the NJIT student body.
Mark has experience as an assistant teacher in the K-8 classrooms. In Mark’s opinion, parents and those interested ought to know about the fantastic mission of Voyager’s Community School. Mark looks forward to working in the classrooms with our students and promoting the school’s core teaching principles to the general public via Social Media; among them, being the Reggio Emilia philosophy. He believes that the school’s core values can help students craft and grow their potential, through stimulating routines, play based learning and projects centered on the individual’s interests. That is to say, a child’s natural interests can be used not only for their own merit but also for an ever improving society. He intends to make the school’s mission widely known in Monmouth County as well as neighboring areas in New Jersey.