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Rachel Benefiel

Position: Elementary School Teacher

College(s): New Mexico State University 

Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science – Education; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Cross Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Credential  

Email: RachelBenefiel@rcs.edu

private schools in the bay area

What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools?

I teach 2nd grade.

What do you love about your role(s) at RCS?

I love that RCS really is a family. As educators, we have the blessing of partnering with parents to shepherd these precious children and come alongside their families from grades TK-12. I love my daily after-school chats with current parents, and I’m surprised whenever I am visited by “kids” who are now in high school or by their families.

What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?

RCS students are set apart from students in other schools because our ultimate goal as Christian school teachers is to teach the Gospel, impart Truth, and bring children to salvation in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Our students are challenged to grow their minds AND hearts at RCS! 

How do you inspire your students?

Having two young children myself has impressed upon me empathy and understanding for working families who strive to be the best parent they can be for their child. Being a teacher at RCS is a ministry of my heart, which is a calling I take on wholeheartedly, treating each child and family as my own. After school, parking lot check-ins are the best! I am blessed to share the “roses and thorns” of a child’s day, build partnerships and often lasting friendships!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to internalize Jeremiah 29:11 ESV: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” I share this verse with my students and families every year. I candidly share my own struggles I had as a 7-year-old mathematician, empowering students to laugh in the face of adversity and fall in love with learning! My students know that the God of the UNIVERSE loves them with His whole heart, and they can always come to me for a reassuring hug and encouraging prayer. 

What is your favorite verse?

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” 



Rachel Benefiel

Position: Elementary School Teacher

College(s): New Mexico State University 

Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science – Education; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Cross Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Credential  

Email: RachelBenefiel@rcs.edu

private schools in the bay area

What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools?

I teach 2nd grade.

What do you love about your role(s) at RCS?

I love that RCS really is a family. As educators, we have the blessing of partnering with parents to shepherd these precious children and come alongside their families from grades TK-12. I love my daily after-school chats with current parents, and I’m surprised whenever I am visited by “kids” who are now in high school or by their families.

What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?

RCS students are set apart from students in other schools because our ultimate goal as Christian school teachers is to teach the Gospel, impart Truth, and bring children to salvation in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Our students are challenged to grow their minds AND hearts at RCS! 

How do you inspire your students?

Having two young children myself has impressed upon me empathy and understanding for working families who strive to be the best parent they can be for their child. Being a teacher at RCS is a ministry of my heart, which is a calling I take on wholeheartedly, treating each child and family as my own. After school, parking lot check-ins are the best! I am blessed to share the “roses and thorns” of a child’s day, build partnerships and often lasting friendships!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to internalize Jeremiah 29:11 ESV: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” I share this verse with my students and families every year. I candidly share my own struggles I had as a 7-year-old mathematician, empowering students to laugh in the face of adversity and fall in love with learning! My students know that the God of the UNIVERSE loves them with His whole heart, and they can always come to me for a reassuring hug and encouraging prayer. 

What is your favorite verse?

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”