Benna works as Secondary Gifted Specialist at a 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 completed her undergraduate from Oberlin College and then earned her master’s degree in literary from UNC-Chapel Hill. She now lives with her husband Young and her 8-year-old daughter Pearl in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.