Alumni Visit: Curtis Bennett
Today, we welcomed back Curtis Bennett to share with our students about his current position at the Aquarium. He also shared with students advice on seeking out great educational opportunities and some of his favorite St. Matthias memories.
Hi, I’m Curtis Bennett, I work in the field of Environmental Science as a Conservation Project Manager at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. I work with students and community members throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, engaging them in habitat restoration projects and local conservation efforts. I also work to make Baltimore a more environmentally friendly city. In May 2014 I earned my Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Ecology, specifically studying river otter populations in New Jersey. In Fall 2009 I earned my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Policy (concentrating in Wildlife Ecology and Management) from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am also 2005 a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Life is all about the journey and throughout my life I’ve been very blessed with a variety of educational opportunities and career experiences. However I definitely recognize that all of this would have never happened without a good start and a quality educational foundation. You might not believe it, but back in 1997, as a 10 year old in 5th grade, I received that important educational start at St. Matthias the Apostle School. I immediately felt welcomed by my fellow classmates, teachers, faculty and staff. Over the course of my four years at St. Matthias, I learned so much and it goes well beyond the Math, English and Science classroom curriculum. The teachers did an extraordinary job imparting life lessons and skills such as the importance of a strong work ethic, determination and perseverance through life’s obstacles and challenges. I feel as though my teachers here saw my potential and as a result they pushed me so that I too could see what I was capable of achieving. For this and so many other things I am truly forever grateful. I’m very happy to say that many of the teachers who had such a profound impact on my life will be recognized in March 2015, as they have been selected for induction into the St. Matthias Hall of Fame! Thank you St. Matthias for all that you have done for me and I’ll always remember my experiences within your walls.