I was born many years ago in a barn, well not exactly but that is what my mother used to tell me. It was actually a temporary military hospital on Biggs AFB in El Paso that had, in fact, once been a barn. I graduated from Austin High School in El Paso 17 and 3/4 years later. I went to Atlanta, Georgia to Georgia Institute of Technology and became a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech and a heck of an engineer. I graduated 4 years later with a B.Ch.E (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering) and went to work for Mobil Oil Company as a Process Engineer. Several years later, the oilfield took a turn for the worst and I was laid off. A couple of years later, Mr. Nicholson, then Industrial High School principal, desperate for a science teacher (the previous teacher decided to leave a mere two weeks before school started), took a chance and hired me and the rest is, shall we say, history. It has been 36 going on 37 years since then.Over the years, I have taught nearly all the sciences offered at Industrial High School I am currently the National Honor Society sponsor, UIL Calculator Applications, Science, Debate and Congress coach and UIL Coordinator, and, this year, Senior class sponsor (Go Class of 2021, it's time to say goodbye).
I was married to Mr. B. G. Bennatt, Jr. who passed away in January 2005 (and yes, we were married, I have the marriage certificate and wedding pictures to prove it, even though we did not have the same last name--we were both liberated) and we have 3 lovely children. Molly is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. She is employed, once again (for anyone keeping up with the saga of my life), by Paychex and is a manager working out of her home in New Braunfels. She is married to an Industrial graduate, Ryan Dolejsi, who is a general contractor and works long hours. They have a wonderful dog named Brutus with the cutest underbite. Jared is a graduate of The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and of The University of Texas in San Antonio with a Master of Science in Computer Science. He is between jobs as of the start of school. He is married to the lovely Jamie Otto (also an Industrial graduate) who graduated from The Incarnate Word University with a BS in nursing and is employed at Citizens Medical Center as a labor and delivery nurse. They have three lovely children; Violet is 12 (seventh grade at IJHS), Benjamin is 10 (fifth grade at IEW) and Jackson is 8 (third grade at IEW). Courtney is a graduate of TAMUCC with a BS in Health Sciences with a minor in business and is the Jackson County Extension Agent - Family and Community Health. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brandon Mercer, who graduated from the Oklahoma equivalent of TSTC and is employed by Energy Transfer as a mechanic. They have three lovely children; Bennatt, soon to be 8 (second grade at Edna elementary), Miriam, 5 (kindegarden at Edna elementary), and Walker will be 4 in October. They live happily in the Jackson county countryside, far away from everything and everybody with 3 dogs, one of whom has absolutely no respect for anyone's personal space but is Bennatt's lifelong friend so he gets to stay.
At home, 2 wonderful dogs, only one of which is actually mine, one bird, 7 cats of which 6 are mine (yes, this qualifies me for the crazy, possibly creepy cat lady club however I'm not the only Industrial teacher I know in this club);1 horse; several cows and 1 bull await me every night when I go home so, no, I am not lonely.