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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Charter Schools


January 2015

Educational Goals

October 2014

Board Blunders: The Top 10 Mistakes Made by Charter School Boards and How YOU Can Avoid Them

August 2014

Positive Relationships with Students - Dr. Damon Arnold

Nuts & Bolts of Teacher Education

Media Communication and Public Relations in the Information Age

DATA Conversions to Classroom Decisions

June 2014

Governing for Greatness

Julie Hopper - Assessment

Joseph Urban - Model the Way

Joseph Urban - Evaluating Performance

May 2014

Managing Your Board: The What, When, Why and How of Effective Board Management

Understanding the Role of the Charter School Board Officer

March 2014

Understanding the Three-Legged Stool: Maintaining Balance Among the Authorizer, Board and ESP

Media Communications and PR in the Information Age

January 2014

Future Planning: It Is Never Too Soon To Think About The Future!

Communicating With Your Educational Service Provider

November 2013

Articulating Assessment Outcomes To Your Board

Interpreting Assessment Data

Retreat: August 2013

Michelle Ribrant: Teacher Evaluation AUG 2013 Retreat

Blended Learning Panel Discussion AUG 2013 Retreat

Mark Weinberg: Student Achievement AUG 2013 Retreat

Ilene Satchell: Common Core Standards AUG 2013 Retreat

Elyastine Davis: Bold Leadership in the 21st Century

Rebecca Clawson: Introduction to Public School Academy Finance AUG 2013 Retreat

Rebecca Clawson: Public School Finance AUG 2013 Retreat

June 2013

Charter Schools June 15 Superior Room Day 1: Bruce Harger

Charter Schools June 15 Superior Room Day 1: Mark Eitrem

Charter School June 2013 Ontario Room Day 2: Bruce Harger and Larry Lindquist

Charter School June 2013 Lake Superior Room Day 2: Mark Weinberg

Febuary 2013

Open Meetings Act Compliance (February 13, 2013)

Highest Awards

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University

2003 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

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