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Mr. Ben Brown - About Me

Ben Brown
Middle School Math 
   This is my 15th year teaching, and my third year at All Saints.  I love that I get to teach in the same building as my kids, Mia, Macy and Cooper. My wife, Missy Brown, graduated from All Saints.  I also get to follow in the footsteps of my Mother In Law, Marilyn Peacock, as the long time middle school math teacher. This is how I've come to know what a great community and learning environment I am coming into.  
    I have a very diverse teaching experience.  I graduated from Fontbonne University in 2001 and got a job teaching in a very small school in the middle of Hillsboro and Desoto, called Grandview.  I taught two years there until my wife and I learned that we were having twins and decided we needed to move closer to HELP.  That was a great decision because we couldn't have survived without our close family.  The downside was I couldn't find a teaching job.  In the meantime, I was a teacher's aide for one in year in Webster Groves.  For the next five years, I taught in Jennings.  This experience formed who I am as a teacher, because it taught me how to deal with all types of challenging situations, and I also saw how important a great teacher can be to a student.  
    I played college baseball at Fontbonne and had been a coach almost every year I taught up until this point but I was coaching and teaching at different schools but in 2009, I found a school where I could coach and teach.  So for the last five years, I was the head baseball coach and teacher at Christian High School in O'Fallon. I had a lot of successes in the classroom and on the field, but the combination of both took a lot of time away from my family.  I began to see how quickly our kids were growing up, and I would never get that time back with them.  Through a lot of prayer, God really made it clear that I was to give up coaching at the high school level for awhile and focus on my family.  Once I did that, God blessed me with this teaching position at All Saints.  It's amazing what opportunities God will give you when you trust Him.
   This is how I got to this point.  I know that my calling from God is to work with middle school students. He has given me the passion and patience to work with these great students.  I look forward to working with them and building great young adults.