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BHS Teacher Channels Rosie the Riveter

Steve Shields, a Benicia High teacher with a passion for shop classes, is making sure skilled trades are being taught to eager students including auto mechanics, metal works, welding, building, and construction skills.

Neeley Silberman New President of BEF

Neeley Silberman’s Passion for Family, Education and Community Putting her teaching and communication skills to use as President of the Benicia Education Foundation, BEF’s new president Neeley Silberman focuses on helping our public schools.

Betty Jensen, on Living a Fulfilled Life

Like many women, Betty Jensen fills myriad rolls: Chief Assistant to the Benicia Unified School District Superintendent, pastor’s wife, mom and grandmother, charity worker and volunteer.

Mastering the Art of Vintage French Living

Vintage French style never looked better than at Benicia’s Bayside Vintage Living—a blend of vintage, antiques, chalkboard art and more, curated by owner Julie Chiodo.

Free Spirit Elan Laporte Plays Guitar with Local Group

Living on a boat with his wife Emily and son Dylan at the Benicia Marina, Elan Laporte’s band, Bodhi Shrugs, just released their first album, Wherever We Roam.

Teaching Benicia Kids to Grow a Bounty of Produce

Master Gardener Sheila Clyatt, third generation San Franciscan and intrepid world traveler, is helping to transform our school gardens, a byproduct of which is to bring balance to Nature Deficit Disorder amongst kids in the digital age.

Organizing Women’s Wardrobes helps Change Perspectives

After 20 years as an executive in the legal industry, Benicia’s Lisa Reep begins a second career with her business, Closet Concierge, helping women organize their wardrobes for life changes and self-discovery.

A Renaissance Man with a World View

Retired educator Tom Young, often found at the Benicia Dog Park or traveling the world, inspired a generation of kids to overcome their fear of science.

Bio: After 20 years At Artcentric, Aline Karpoyan Still Inspires Creativity In Kids

From war-torn Beirut, Aline Karpoyan, former kindergarten teacher and for the past twenty years, owner of downtown Benicia shop Artcentric, continues to delight local school children at the paint your own pottery studio.

Adoptive Father of Three, David Sells on His “Deepest Reward”

Deeply rooted and active in the Community, IT Developer, musician, sailor and lay minister David Sells talks about family life with husband Yann Jourvenot, two dogs and their three active boys.