Popular teachers won’t be returning this fall


Shie Benaderet took a job at the Northwest School on Capitol Hill.

From staff reports

As the end of the school year approaches, students and staff alike say goodbye to their friends and coworkers as they head off to enjoy their summer break. Most teachers usually return in the fall, but this year, a few teachers will not be returning to Cleveland next year.

Technology analyst-turned-teacher Shie Benaderet has taken a job at The Northwest School where he will be the Director of Educational Technology.

“I’m excited for the new challenges that this position will bring, but I’ll miss many of the students at Cleveland next year,” Benaderet said. “I’ll especially miss my advisory class because we’ve grown close over the last two years.”

Benaderet has worked at Cleveland for four years. He started as the on-site network analyst before switching back to teaching in 2012. Students who have been at CHS for a while still remember him as “the computer guy,” but he’s taught everything from Humanities to AP Government. He also works with Youth Ambassadors.

When asked what kind of impact he’s had on Cleveland, Benaderet said CHS has had more of an impact on him than he has had on the school.

“I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a good teacher, and what areas I still need to grow in.”

Benaderet, who became a father last year, said the new addition to his family didn’t play a part in his decision to leave. “It was a professional decision based on pursuing what I have always dreamed of doing, which is help more teachers use technology effectively in their courses.”

Special Education teacher Jeff Proctor will also be departing Cleveland for a job at an elementary school in Sugar City, Idaho.

“It’s a different opportunity for me and my family,” he said.

Proctor has been on staff for six years. Students who have had him as a teacher were saddened to hear about his departure. With Special Ed Department Head Karen Haggard’s retirement, Proctor’s leaving was another hard pill to swallow for his team.

Proctor encourages the Cleveland community to continue to be powerful in the future. “It’s been a great time here, but stay forever strong.”

Both teachers are leaving to pursue jobs that are important to them. Benaderet leaves these words to Cleveland students: “Learn something new every day, find something you are passionate about and pursue it, and practice compassion in all that you do.”

Cleveland Publications reporter Kamry Adams contributed to this report.