Earl Bench

Earl Bench

Social Science Teacher


Buena Park High School

Buena Park, CA USA


I believe that you have to put yourself out there to get what you want in life and that it all starts with you.

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Taking a semester off after high school to work full time. It taught me the value of an education.
Enrolling in a community college.
Transferring to CSUF.
Completing my BA in History at CSUF. I felt like I had to rush through college because my dad was dying of cancer.
Completing my student teaching and Single Subject Credential in Social Science at CSUF
Getting hired at Buena Park High School.
Going back to CSUF to complete my MA in History.

Education

High School
Graduate
BA in History, MA in History and a single subject teaching credential
California State University, Fullerton

Career

Social Science Teacher

Mr. Bench teaches high school students US History and AP Psychology.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Government
Helping People

Day to Day

I don't take a lot of work home, other than like lesson plan ideas or a here's a cool TedTalk or here's something I can do or maybe grading something digitally. On a typical day, I'm not doing much work outside of school. It is more responding to emails and things like that. Now I have a lot better work life balance. A typical work day for me is teaching AP Psychology first period and four periods of US History.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I believe that you have to put yourself out there to get what you want in life and that it all starts with you. You can be the change of your future, but you just have to be willing to do what it takes. Also, just communicating with others can just be so beneficial.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

graduate
Graduate
BA in History, MA in History and a single subject teaching credential

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Mr. Bench was told by his high school's counselor that the Marines were the right place for him and that it would straighten him out. A friend's mom told him that "College isn't for everybody. Keep working in a warehouse, you'll do fine.""

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Family's Health Issues

Q&A

In the next years, maybe 10 or so, do you still see yourself teaching and enjoying it?

Asked by Angela Park at CSUF

I'll probably be teaching for (this is my 21st year) and I'll probably teach for 17 more years...I don't see myself doing admin [work]. If anything...if I felt like if it was getting mundane, I would be changing up, teaching a new class.

Interviewed By

Angela

at CSUF