Ben was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 2010. He started his teaching career after college by completing his TEFL certification and teaching English in South Korea. After his time abroad, Ben moved to Denver and finished his master’s degree and teacher training from the University of Northern Colorado while working as a coach and teacher at Peak. Since his time at UNC, Ben has worked with students in elementary through college in a wide variety of areas including English language development, academic study skills, and post-secondary access. Most recently, Ben taught social and emotional learning and social justice while running a peer mentoring program at West High School in downtown Denver. Ben has returned to Peak as Director of Education of the Cherry Creek North office and is excited to help support Peak families and grow Peak’s impact within the community.