Natalie Bens

Natalie Bens

2nd Grade

Started at Notre Dame:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, John Carroll University
Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, Western Governors University.  

Family highlights:
I am getting married to my high school sweetheart, Nick, this February! I am the middle child with an older sister, brother, younger sister and my identical twin. My twin, Rebecca, lives in Denver with her poodle. My brother and his wife blessed us with two nieces and two nephews (one born this November!).

The impact of faith:
Being a second grade teacher and guiding the students in the two sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion has made me grow closer to God. I start my day with the students with prayer and special intentions. We model Jesus by going to Adoration and taking time each day to read about how to be a disciple.

Free times and pastimes:
I love going for walks or bike rides in different forest preserves, reading, relaxing, and traveling. 

Favorite quote/philosophy:
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the making of action in spite of it. 

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