Waking up every morning with the opportunity to influence young peoples’ intellect and character was the only path that elicited enough excitement and fear to get me out of bed.”
Ben Buehler grew up just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. After high school he enrolled at Ball State University, where he majored in everything from graphic design to business management before graduating with a degree in physics. As part of his undergraduate work, Ben spent a summer doing optics and laser research at the University of Central Florida. While he enjoyed the experience, he realized that “I was truly passionate about and refreshed by teaching science.” When Ben returned back to Indiana, he finished his physics degree and immediately enrolled in Ball State University’s secondary education program where he earned his master’s degree in 2003. Ben has been teaching various levels of physics and chemistry to the students of Blue River Valley High School since the fall of 2003.
As the only physical science teacher in his school, Ben has the unique opportunity to see a student’s progress through high school. “One of the most rewarding aspects of this particular job is meeting a student on the first day of 8th grade who understands science as an array of factual information and then seeing them pick up the experiences and skills necessary to conduct authentic research by the time they graduate.”
A Knowles alumnus since 2007, Ben credits Knowles with giving him the support he needed to both understand that teaching is not a profession easily mastered and the desire to reach for that mastery. “Being part of a cohort of dedicated and amazing educators has driven me to push the limits of my capabilities. Knowles helped me realize that I’m part of something larger. My classroom is just a small part of a larger plot to turn students on to science and help them understand they can be scientists.” Knowles cast the vision needed for Ben to become a professional.