Carole Challoner was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a child she traveled the world with her family while her father served proudly in the United States Air Force. The military lifestyle instilled an appreciation and love of country.

Her father’s 21 years of service in the military came to an end and they made Arizona their permanent home. Arizona State University provided Carole with the tools to become a teacher and begin “inspiring youth”. After teaching for a few years she married and had two wonderful boys to keep her busy. When her boys reached school age Carole went back to teaching. In 1998, she and three fellow teachers founded a charter school, Benchmark Elementary and Preschool. Benchmark is every teacher’s dream. The school continues to be recognized as one of the high performing schools in the state of Arizona.

Love of country, love of learning, and love of community is a daily lesson for all Benchmark students. They are the foundation for producing productive, caring adults.