Benna works as Advanced Studies Specialist at a large school district in North Carolina. She has worked for 19 years to build space for gifted and high potential teens of all shades, colors, and streaks. She has been a strong advocate for the misfits, outliers, and all others in between. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and then Master of Education in Literacy from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is now pursuing PhD at UNCC for Special Education with a concentration in Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG).
She lives with a husband Young and her ten-year-old daughter Pearl in Charlotte, North Carolina.