We are excited to announce that Jodi Benavidez will be our new Director of College Advising.  Jodi will be bringing to Legacy her 20-year career and expertise in working with families as they navigate college.  Jodi began her career at Collin College as a Special Admissions Coordinator and Advisor and then became their Destination College Coordinator.  Destination college was a unique program that worked directly with local High Schools to help prepare students for college.  After six years with Collin, Jodi then moved into Christian education in the DFW metroplex where she has served since.  She has spent the last 15 years working in two sister Christian Schools as a Director of College Counseling. 

In addition to her vast experience at both the College and Christian School levels, Jodi has also been involved in the larger national college counseling arena with her service on the National Association of Christian College Admissions Professionals board (NACCAP).  This organization serves the admissions and counseling needs of Christian High Schools, Universities, and Graduate Schools.  She has been a Board member since 2020 and currently serves on the Finance and Strategic Initiatives Committees.  Jodi has a Master of Education in Higher Education Degree from Dallas Baptist University and has also completed the Christian Counselor Certification program through NACCAP.   

Jodi is married to Paul, and they have two children who will be joining Legacy this year, Gavin, Class of 2023, and Charis, Class of 2025.  They are members of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, and serve at Grace Bridge in Prosper.  Jodi’s hobbies include running and working out, and her favorite place to travel is Grand Cayman.

Jodi shares, “I am honored for myself and my family to join the LCA community. My passion is helping students and their families navigate what can be a stressful season while applying to college. My desire is to replace the stress with information and guidance all while pointing to the One who knows the future. My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 71:14 “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” This verse is foundational to my perspective and has proved true over and over when I have walked through both good and hard times.  I want the students I work with to know there is always hope because we have the opportunity to know the One who gives us hope.”

Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.