I grew up in Hopkins, attending St. Joseph’s Elementary, then Hopkins High School. Graduating from St. Catherine’s University with a Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree, I then taught at St. John the Baptist School in Jordan for thirteen years in grades one, four, and six. During that time I took graduate classes in special education and then earned a graduate licensure for middle school science from the University of St. Thomas. In 1989 we moved our family to Eden Prairie, where I worked for the Eden Prairie Public schools in special education. My children attended St. Hubert School, and I was reminded about why I had chosen early in my career to work for a Catholic school, so in 1994 I applied and was thrilled to be hired by St. Hubert School to teach middle school science and social studies. In 2001 I earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction: Meeting Diverse Students’ Needs from the University of St. Thomas. Every day something reminds me of how grateful I am that the Lord sent me to this calling and this school community. I am especially blessed to be able to share my awe and wonder of God’s natural world in my science classes. Working with children is so full of daily surprises, successes, and challenges that it keeps me young at heart.

lane.bendzick@sthubert.org