Cameron was born in Olean, New York and grew up in Ogden, Utah. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in 2014. Cameron then worked as a rock climbing instructor for about a year before returning to school at Weber State University to get his teaching certificate in social studies.
This is Cameron's first year teaching, but he has been working for the last two years with teenagers at a therapeutic boarding school that specializes in substance abuse.
Expeditionary learning excites Cameron because it offers the opportunity for real, hands-on experience, rather than learning only in a classroom. As a teacher of Utah Studies, he is excited to see the students get out and explore to discover what makes Utah special.
Cameron's hobbies include rock climbing, canyoneering, and hiking.
One of Cameron's favorite quotes is from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: "The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but cannot forever fence it out."
7/8 Crew & Math
Reuben Bennett was born in Valdosta, Georgia. At eight years old, he and his family moved to a thirty-acre farm in Lakeland, Georgia, a small town nineteen miles north of Valdosta. After graduation, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama and in 1990 he graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Faulkner University. He returned to Valdosta and began a career in construction. After working in construction for twelve years, he went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Adult and Career Education from Valdosta State University while working full time and raising a family. He taught an apprenticeship class from 2009 to 2018 as he continued to work in the field. After 26 years in the industry, he was ready for a change and began teaching middle school math and science in January 2019.
Reuben fell in love with Utah in 2016 while on a visit out West to explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion with his wife Amber, who teaches first and second grade at Promontory. They knew one day Utah would be their home. In his spare time he loves playing music, creating art, reading books, and playing golf with his wife. One of his greatest joys in life is to play instruments and sing. In high school, he played trombone for the concert band and won first-place male soloist at a regional literary competition his senior year. He plays guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar, and harmonica and he and his wife have a duo called Entwined.
Reuben believes the cornerstone of EL Education is authentic learning and practical application. He feels that students learn best when they know the information they are learning will be used for the rest of their lives. He is excited to be a part of the Promontory Crew and is looking forward to using EL protocols that allows the students opportunities to gain practical application during field work.
Reuben’s desire is that education will come to life in his students and his teaching philosophy can be summed up by one of his favorite quotes:
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch
Mary Beth Farrer was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Cache Valley. In her youth she enjoyed riding horses, playing softball, and reading. She earned her bachelor's degree from Utah State University. She also completed a master’s degree in learning and technology through Western Governor’s University in 2017.
Mary Beth has been teaching secondary English/language arts for over 15 years—over five years at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, and the rest in the Box Elder School District.
Classroom discussion with students is one of her favorite aspects of teaching 7th and 8th graders because of their quick wits and interesting personalities! Watching students gain great skills in writing and analyzing written texts is her inspiration! She loves teaching at an expeditionary learning school because the learning is hands on and student driven. She enjoys guiding students as they become experts and create quality work all while developing positive character traits.
Mary Beth is a wife, mother, and grandmother and her favorite recreational activity is to spend time with her family. Family time is even better when they are all traveling together!
One of Mary Beth's favorite quotes is: “The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.” Lawrence Kasdan
Lisa Wells was born and raised in a small town in northeastern Ohio. After graduating high school, Lisa attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, with a focus on water quality. She then earned her Master of Science degree in soil science, specializing in soil erosion and agriculture.
After college, Lisa worked as a Research Assistant at the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in West Lafayette, Indiana. After moving to Utah, Lisa worked as an Environmental Consultant doing wetlands work with land development projects.
Lisa decided to switch careers and become a science teacher because she loves explaining concepts to students and helping them learn how to think and work like scientists.
Lisa loves nature, travelling, music, hiking, biking, reading, and watching movies. She is married and has two children. She also has two golden retrievers who act like children.