Name: Heather Benado

Role: Grade 1
Contact: E-mail
Credentials: Degree in Elementary Education at Walla Walla University.

I am a Walla Walla University graduate with my B.S. in Elementary Education, and a minor in Early Childhood Education. My first teaching position was spent in a multi-grade level classroom of 3-5th graders in the Seattle area from 2000-2002.  I moved out of the area to marry my husband and that next year I had a long-term substitute job in the Vancouver, WA area. 
God blessed me by allowing me to stay home for 9 years and be a mom to our three children.  I have substitute taught off and on throughout those years.  But when my youngest started Kindergarten in 2013, I went back to teaching almost full time in grades K-6. I have had a wonderful school family at Lincoln Heights Elementary where I have been one of their primary substitute teachers.  
My family and I have been a part of the Spokane South Hill Adventist Church family since 2005 and are thrilled to now be a part of the PCA family as well.  I am so excited to be back in my own classroom full time. The best part for me will be that I can pray and share the love of Jesus with them daily. I promise to love your child and help them grow academically, spiritually, and socially. 
One of my favorite verses is: “He who loves is fulfilling God’s law…The other commandments can be summarized in one statement: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Love doesn’t do things to hurt others. That’s why love fulfills all the requirements of God’s law.” Romans 13: 8-10

Belonging to His Family introduces our students to the concept and study of family. It begins with God’s family in heaven, connecting Bible stories about families to God’s plan for each person.