Samantha Benson took up the position of PAJES Director of Education in June 2017, but has been with PAJES [formerly JCP] since 2009, previously as Modern Hebrew lead. As Director of Education, Samantha supports the team of PaJeS primary and secondary advisors in all aspects of educational delivery, which includes overseeing teacher training and professional development opportunities; managing the provision of support, mentoring and coaching for teachers and Heads of Department; coordinating the development and implementation of curricula and educational programmes.
Samantha continues to be closely involved with and passionate about enhancing and advancing all aspects of Hebrew language education in both primary and secondary schools, working in collaboration with an increasing number of partners and organisations in the UK, Israel, Europe, the USA, Australia and South Africa.
Originally from Glasgow, Samantha holds a BA Honours degree in French and Spanish. She spent 10 years in Israel, where she worked as a Hebrew to English translator and gained a post-graduate senior teaching qualification in English as a second language. Before moving to JCP, Samantha held positions as a French teacher, SEN teacher, and MFL coordinator.