Cassandra Benavides was born in San Jose, California but raised in Meridian, Idaho. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. During college she was able to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and on multiple occasions visited family in Mexico to practice Spanish. While in school she volunteered with the sisters of Saint Joseph’s teaching beginning English classes and has volunteered at bilingual schools in the area. She also worked at the Kinney Center for Autism Support and Education for several years where she developed a passion for working with the special needs community. Cassandra has a passion for traveling, music and education and she can’t wait to start teaching with BECA and contribute to this great program.