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Gordon Parks Principal

Ms. Shandyn Benson

Ms. Benson has been an educator in St. Paul Public Schools for 23 years and in that time has had many roles. She taught social studies in alternative education and at Harding High School.  She was the IB MYP coordinator at Harding and later became a TOSA in the Office of Teaching and Learning.  The last two years she was an assistant principal at Washington Technology.   

Ms. Benson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in Social Studies Education as well as a Certificate in Technology.  She also earned a Certificate in Urban Education from Hamline University.  Later she went on to receive her Masters in Educational Leadership, K-12 Principal License, and Educational Specialist degree from Saint Mary’s University, Twin Cities.    

When Ms. Benson is not working, she is spending time on a softball field, basketball court, or soccer field with her two girls. She is also a runner and is usually training for her next marathon. This helps her keep a healthy balance of work and home life.