A B O U T
Me
Summary

As an undergraduate student at Wittenberg University, I designed a digital sharing system for The Sig Fiji alumni newsletter, resulting in a cost-savings average of $300 per issue. The following year, as director of a community-wide Thanksgiving fundraising event, I tripled total revenue ($3,000 to $8,222) and doubled the event's attendance (380 to 750 people served). 

I've also participated in two international summer internships to China and Cuba. From coordinating 4 separate English language summer programs for 200 Chinese students in 4 provinces to organizing travel arrangements and cultural immersion trips for Cuban students, I've worked to build cross-cultural relations despite communication barriers. 

Upon graduation, I served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator for Springfield Promise Neighborhood (SPN), a poverty alleviation non-profit in Springfield, Ohio. Throughout both terms, I spearheaded a multi-year project – in cooperation with multiple community organizations and businesses – to effectuate the goal of a district-wide, cost-free wellness program for approximately 100 students (grades 4-6) by 2020.  Additionally, I designed an internship and field experience framework for over 50 undergraduate education students at 2 local universities. I was also responsible for developing fiscal resources in the area of volunteer development and extended-learning, as well as recruiting, training and supervising over 230 volunteers annually across 12 SPN programs.

Following my service with AmeriCorps, I was accepted as a 2017 Teach For America Corps Member for the Greater Tulsa Region to teach full-time, instructing all social studies curriculum for four separate classrooms of 4th and 5th grade (two classes per grade). I currently serve as the 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher and Upper School Department Chair at Collegiate Hall Charter School.

 
My EDUCATION

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Aug 2010 - May 2014

CUBA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

May 2014 - Aug 2014

B.A., History and Political Science

  • NCAA Division III Men’s Football (2010-2011)

Hartje Award Scholar in History | Wittenberg University
Scholarship awarded to a student for best historical essay

Spanish Language & Culture

Participated in an intensive summer study abroad, Spanish language and culture immersion program.

 
My WORK

COLLEGIATE HALL

June 2020 - Present

COLLEGIATE HALL

June 2019 - June 2020

TEACH FOR AMERICA

June 2017 - June 2019

 AMERICORPS VISTA

Springfield Promise Neighborhood

June 2014 - June 2016

YEW WAH INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Dean of Culture & Community

  • Manage and coach first-year social studies teachers in curriculum development and pedagogical skills.

  • Ensure compliance with local, state, federal academic standards; aligned Family Engagement policies to Title 1/ESSA.

  • Lead staff professional development in the areas of school culture, family engagement.

  • Manage student retention risks, including analyze data to determine school-wide trends and develop student support plans.

  • Increase agency and access for families – established school’s first parent organization & streamlined communication systems.

  • Built and managed school’s website; developed an SEO-optimized site, increasing traffic by up to 400% in a semester.

Lead Teacher & Department Chair

  • Led Upper School (grades 7-8) team of 10 teachers.

  • Planned and facilitated weekly professional development.

  • Met weekly with administration to ensure effective implementation of school policies and systems; coordinated daily operations.

  • Designed and managed in-school incentives program.

  • Implemented school-wide parent engagement best practices.

2020 Teacher of the Year  | Collegiate Hall Charter Schools

Awarded for exemplary pedagogical skills and parent/family engagement

Lead Teacher​ | Collegiate Hall Charter School

Hired as a 2017 Teach For America Corps Member to teach full-time, instructing all social studies curriculum for four separate classrooms of 4th and 5th grade (two classes per grade). Currently serving as the 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher, designing school's first 8th grade social studies curriculum. 


Key Contributions:

  • Taught general education students as well as individuals with learning challenges and special needs within a mainstreamed, inclusive classroom.

  • Designed and instructed school's first 8th grade social studies curriculum. Organized school's first Parent-Teacher Organization. 

  • Commended by school administration for classroom management and ability to redirect negative student behavior. 

OK Top 20 Under 2  | Teaching & Leading Initiative of Oklahoma

Awarded to the top 20 novice teachers in Oklahoma

Project Coordinator

  • Managed a 9-month extended-learning program involving 120 students, 80 volunteers, and 11-person paraprofessional staff.

  • Recruited 11 new organizational partners, providing an annual value of $28,248 in services.

  • Recruited and trained approx. 230 volunteers serving approx. 5,200 hours ($122,512 est. value of volunteer time).

Volunteer & Internship Coordinator

  • Spearheaded a multi-year project designed to establish athletics & nutrition programs in 10 district schools by 2020. 

  • Designed and directed the project’s pilot involving a 22-person staff (7 paid/15 volunteer) through all project phases. 

  • Produced a quality assessment report delineating project deliverables and study results for stakeholders.

ESL Summer Associate & Teacher

  • Coordinated 4 separate ESL summer programs for approx. 200 Chinese students in 4 provinces. 

  • Designed and taught 2 ESL curriculum for Chinese students.

My SERVICE-LEADERSHIP

TULSA CHANGEMAKERS

August 2019 - Present

THANKSGIVING PHILANTHROPY

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014

PROMISE ALLIANCE CLUB

Aug 2012 - January 2014

PHI GAMMA DELTA

Nov 2012 - Nov 2013

HANDSHAKE AMERICA

Nov 2015 - May 2017

Coach

  • Designed a 25-session youth leadership development curriculum focused on civic responsibility, personal agency, and connection to Tulsa.

  • Coached 5-7 students per semester through a hands-on, project-based, and experiential learning process.

Event Director

  • Tripled total funds raised ($3,000 to $8,222) and doubled event attendance (380 to 750 people served). 

  • Spearheaded a corporate sponsorship campaign resulting in $2,200 direct donations/$3,500 in-kind. 

  • Launched an online fundraising strategy involving crowdsourcing platforms and digital marketing drives (email, Facebook, Vimeo, GoFundMe) resulting in $5,700 donations. 


The 2013 Springfield Thanksgiving Dinner's fundraising total accounted for 47% of all Greek (sorority and fraternity) donations combined, 73% of all fraternity donations combined, and $1,973 more than all-sorority donations combined. 

Leadership Award: Service & Philanthropy | Wittenberg University
Awarded to the student or group voted Best Philanthropy Event.

 

Leadership Award: Community Involvement | Wittenberg University
Awarded to a student or group for Outstanding Contributions to Community Involvement.

 

Baker Cup Honorable Mention | International HQ of Phi Gamma Delta

Awarded to the chapter for Best Philanthropy Event; in competition among 170,000 members across 142 chapters.

President

  • Directed 2 major service events each year (steady increase in volunteer participation by an average of 40% for 3 consecutive events). 

  • Spearheaded development efforts resulting in a 220% increase in total membership after 1 year; secured $5,500 in annual funding.

2012 New Student Organization of the Year | Wittenberg University

Awarded to a new student organization for outstanding work in campus collaboration; fostering personal and professional excellence in its members; and overall impact on community.

Corresponding Secretary

  • Designed a digital sharing system for subscribers, resulting in a cost-savings average of $300 per-issue.

  • Oversaw execution of an alumni-engagement strategy, including a communication database totaling over 1,000 alumni members.

George Hopper Award | Sigma Alumni Association

Awarded to one member for outstanding work with alumni relations & philanthropy

 

Coon Plaque Honorable Mention | IHQ Phi Gamma Delta

Awarded to the chapter for best alumni publication in competition among 170,000 members in 142 chapters

Assistant Coach

  • Designed student-coach matching criteria, contributing to 100% of student completion and 88% retention of coaches.

  • Provided mentorship to student-athletes ages 13-18.

  • Assumed leadership role on the Coaches Committee.

 

Testimonials

"Ben was not only a visionary, but one who could make a vision a reality.  When I referred Wittenberg students to serve with Ben, I was confident that the experience would be well managed, meaningful, and individualized to each student’s interests and capabilities.  He inspired me to take risks, think outside the box, and he often reminded me of the purpose of why we urge others to engage in the community."

SERVICE

—  Kristen Collier | Director, Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement