Originally hailing from the Northwest, Chana Benenson received her B.A. in Comparative Languages and Linguistics from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in December of 2003. After a semester of running an after school program, she began her career in education teaching English Language Arts at Walter L. Cohen Senior High School in New Orleans, Louisiana as a member of the Teach For America, Greater New Orleans 2004 corps. Following the flood of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina, Benenson spent a 10-week stint teaching English as a Second Language in Thailand. After returning home she was hired in December 2005 at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, the first high school to reopen on the East Bank of the city following Katrina. For the following 5.5 years Benenson taught all levels of French and Spanish, led the Foreign Language Department, was an instructional coach, was the school culture coordinator, and taught certification courses for The New Teacher Project. For the 2011-2012 school year Benenson shifted from the academic side of school to overseeing student discipline and activities as the School Dean. Through a series of events Benenson became Sci High's Co-Principal in the fall of 2012 and spent the duration of the school year co-leading the school as the Director of Student Development and School Culture. The New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School an open-enrollment public charter high school that offers extensive math and science electives as well as a robust system of remediation and the most successful open-enrollment Advanced Placement program in the city.