Steven Benson
Detroit Public Schools Community District, Training and Support Coordinator

Steven Benson is a millennial that is super passionate about education reform, particularly in marginalized and underrepresented communities. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a political science and environmental studies degree. After college, he decided to do nothing related to those majors and join Teach For America. Steven spent 5 years teaching high school English at his placement school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While in Tulsa, he received his Master’s in school administration and hopes to one day become a principal of a public school. Steven grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan and recalls very few instances of spending time in Detroit as a child, unless it was for a professional sporting event. He attributes his current passion for social change in Detroit to his lack of connection to the city growing up, which he believes stemmed from the implicit biases he held, which were largely constructed from the false narratives and misconceptions spread about the city. Steven prides himself in being a Detroiter for the long haul and is persistent in his efforts to unlearn some of the toxic and oppressive mindsets the world taught him as a kid. In his free time, Steven enjoys watching Netflix documentaries and auditioning (16 times, but who's counting) for the TV show Survivor. He is honored to be a part of the NLC Detroit Class of 2019 and can’t wait to learn from some of the brightest and best in his city.