Thor Benson, PH.D.
Associate Professor of Teacher Education & Science; Honors Program Director
Department: Teacher Education
PhD University of Minnesota: Curriculum & Instruction: Science Education.
MA Bethel University: Educational Leadership.
BS Wheaton College : Kinesiology, Minor in Coaching.
Distinguished Work with Students Award 2012 – Crown College
Education Courses: Assessment for Learning; Media and Technology, MS Science Methods, HS Science Methods, Physical Education Methods, Tennis, Badminton
Science Courses: Introduction to Physical Science, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology
Honors Course: Christian Thought in the Disciplines
From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
Our teacher candidates infiltrate public and private schools with the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to effectively lead their classrooms in the transformative endeavor of teaching and learning.
I grew up with an incredibly loving Christian family and accepted the Lord as a child. Christ’s grace, mercy and sovereignty became profoundly new to me while at Wheaton College under the leadership of godly men and women — mentors, professors and pastors. As a result, my passion for local ministry and Christ-centeredness in my life became more impactful. I pray that my life reflects God’s glory and love to those around me.
Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Ephesians 3:16-19. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
These verses provide encouragement, yet also remind me of how incomprehensible the love of Christ is for a fallen world.
Prior to coming to Crown, I taught middle school science and physical education, worked as the assistant to the head of school and as the athletic director at a local private Christian school. Coached varsity lacrosse at Eden Prairie High School for five years and coached lacrosse at Wheaton College for two years.
What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
The integration of faith and learning that transforms the classroom experience.
How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Pursuing your best work with a full dependence on Christ for wisdom and strength.
What Students Say About Your Classes:
My love for my students and subject matter is evident through my teaching.
What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
The Christ-centered environment allows for a transformational experience and opportunity to integrate faith and learning.