Teaching is hard, growing up is harder. That is why we put relationships and representation above all else. Benevolent Educators was founded to focus on the following:

  • Relationships

    • Provide training and resources on Social Emotional Learning and Emotional Intelligence 

    • Support teachers who put relationships with students above all else

  •  Representation

    • Provide training and resources on:

    • Culturally responsive teaching​

    • Inclusive school culture

    • Diversifying the teacher workforce


2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Mount Vernon School District | Mount Vernon High School

Family and Consumer Sciences and Leadership


Edmonds Community College, Associate of Arts

Digital Music Production, 2004

Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts

Communication, 2007

Central Washington University, Master of Science

Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 2011



Robert began teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at Mount Vernon High School in 2013. He has taught Beginning Foods, Life After High School, Careers in Education, Nutrition, and Leadership. He has also been an adviser for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Social Justice Club. He has taken students to national competitions where they have earned top honors for projects such as Nutrition and Wellness, Recycle and Redesign, and Advocacy. Robert enjoys taking on new challenges and helping every student realize the potential he sees in them.


Robert also takes advantage of any opportunity he can to perfect his craft and contribute to his school culture. He's been a member of the School Engagement and Culture Committee as well as the District Equity Team in Mount Vernon. He was also instrumental in helping to develop an online curriculum for the Recruiting Washington Teachers program for the Professional Educator Standards Board.






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