Meet Our Principal Office and Administrative Specialist: Laura Benson

Laura Benson has been working in the School just over six months, but she’s already a well-known and respected “go-to” person in Cooke 110. She will be the first person greeting you with a smile from behind her desk when you walk in, and can be counted on to answer—or find the answer—to your questions.

How long have you worked for the U of M?

I started working at the University of Minnesota in August 2016.

What is your work/educational background?

I have a teaching degree in Elementary Education. I taught 3rd grade in Michigan for three years.

What are your responsibilities in your current position?

I am currently supporting the administrative staff in a variety of tasks including purchasing, scheduling, payroll, and other general operations.

What do you like best about working here?

I enjoy the people that I work with, and learning new processes in the department.

What things provide you the most satisfaction in your job?

I find problem-solving and helping others to be the most satisfying parts of my job.

Tell us about you!

  • Family members: I have wonderful parents, George and Diane; and an awesome brother, Erik.
  • Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends, and visiting them in Michigan and Colorado. I have also enjoyed exploring Minneapolis!
  • How I’d change the world: I would ensure every child has access to quality education. I believe this is a fundamental human right.

Please share a parting thought.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela

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