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Mr. Jason Benavides

My name is Chef Jason Benavides and this is my 13th year teaching Culinary Arts in the middle and high school levels and my 14th year teaching overall.  My wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary this summer and we have two happy and healthy children.  Our son is 7 years old and our daughter is 5 years old.  Some of my hobbies include mountain biking, archery and reading.  I enjoy horror, thriller, urban fantasy and fantasy type books.   I've read over 100 books since last summer.   My favorite book series is "The Dark Tower" by Stephen King.


My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts from "Le Cordon Bleu" Orlando Culinary Academy.  I worked in the hospitality industry for three years before deciding to pursue a career in education.   I can honestly say that I made the right choice to become an educator not only for myself, but for my family as well.  I love working with students and seeing their skill sets and minds grow.  I look forward to working with you and your student this year.