Director of Excellence
Ben pays careful attention to the amazing work and unique needs at each of our Catholic schools. He oversees development of world-class, tailored solutions and ensures their availability to schools and educators. He also encourages schools to celebrate their successes!
“CSCOE is serving schools like no other organization in the country. Its opt-in, entrepreneurial and innovative approach dovetails perfectly to my own leadership style and what I believe will support our schools to continue their excellence well into the future.”
“I get to work with amazing Catholic educators every day — I can’t imagine anything more worthwhile than that. I learn from them, and I get to dedicate my waking hours to helping them elevate their schools as exceptional places for students to learn and grow. To top it off, I get to work with incredibly driven and dedicated team members at the CSCOE office who continually push me to be the best I can be.”
“I’m excited to work with a phenomenal group of middle school educators as we explore ways to make Catholic middle schools the premier place for adolescent students to learn, grow and thrive in their faith life and academics. We continue to build strong relationships with, and fine tune programs such as Believe and Read and Peace of Mind to ensure they have a long-lasting impact for Catholic schools and their students.”
Ben loves to learn. He earned doctorate and master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota; and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John’s University in Collegeville. His teaching credentials come from San Jose State University in California. He graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School and St. Mark’s Catholic School, both in St. Paul.
Before joining CSCOE, Ben served as the director of curriculum and instruction, and the middle school director and lower school director at Visitation School in Mendota Heights for seven years. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in teacher education. He also held administrative and teaching positions at Minneapolis Public Schools, KIPP in North Minneapolis and Cretin-Derham Hall.
Outside of CSCOE, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, Meg, and their children, Owen and Maren. You can find him biking, hiking, canoeing and catching frogs with his kids.