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Dr. Benavidez instructs one of her classes during a workout on the quad.

Dr. Benavidez instructs one of her classes during a workout on the quad.

Dr. Benavidez instructs one of her classes during a workout on the quad.

Madison Garcia and Lanie Cheng

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One of Bullard’s physical education teachers, Daniela Benavidez, has earned her doctorate. We were thrilled to sit down and chat with her about her recent accomplishment.

Q. Do you coach any sports on campus?

A. Currently, I don’t coach any sports on campus. I have coached girls basketball, soccer, and softball. Also I have coached cross country. I stopped because I started to work on furthering my education.

Q. What made you decide to get your degree?

A. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and I believe it’s important to further one’s education in what we do, so you have better options in life.

Q. How does it change your teaching?

A. It has made me more aware of everyone’s needs and most definitely has made me a better teacher in terms of being able to deliver appropriate content to students.

Q. How long have you been planning on getting this degree?

A. As far back as I can remember, at least as far back as 10 years old.

Q. What are the advantages for a P.E. teacher to have a doctorate?

A. The cool thing with having a doctorate is I have more options. … I’m also equipped now to be an athletic director for a college. I can also do research at a university and even be a college professor. It opens up a lot of doors.

Q. How hard was it?

A. It was difficult. I spent two-and-a-half years getting my masters, then about four years to get my doctorate, and then about six or seven months to finish the entire dissertation process.

Q. Did you ever think about giving up?

A. Not giving up, but I was very stressed a couple years ago. You’ve just got to be tough and keep pushing through.

Q. Was it difficult to teach and get your doctorate?

A. It was very difficult. I remember pulling all nighters and it just being difficult. Managing my time was the hardest part.

Q. Where did you get your degree?

A. United States Sports Academy. They’re based out of Daphne, Alabama.

Q. Are you going to make everyone call you doctor now?

A. Yes, that’s my name now. I’ve earned my doctorate, my new name is Doctor.

Q. Are you going to get a sign that says, “The doctor is in”?

A. Eventually.

Q. If you could do it over again, would you do it differently?

A. Absolutely not. I would do it all over again, and I think everyone should further their education.

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