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Ben Velderman is stalking me.

February 10, 2011

I told you about this group called The Education Action Group. Their boy, Ben Velderman has filed an Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, demanding all my work emails.

That’s a picture of Ben.

Here’s Ben’s vitae:

Even though Ben’s teaching career lasted a brief two years, he accumulated a storehouse of experiences as the 7th and 8th grade classroom teacher for Zeeland Public Schools’ alternative program.  Working with fellow teachers and classroom aides, Ben sought to help at-risk students achieve academic success as well as develop the individual life skills needed for success outside the classroom.  Though not always an easy assignment, the day-to-day development of many students proved to be very rewarding. 

During his days as a student teacher, Ben worked at Black River Public School, one of the nation’s premier charter schools.  That experience enabled him to see first-hand the unique qualities (such as the commitment to innovation and accountability) that make charter schools such a promising addition to the public education system.

Ben holds an undergraduate degree from Hope College and a Master’s degree from Michigan State University.  He received his teacher certification through Grand Valley State University.  He is also a former member of the Michigan Education Association.

Taught two years! Damn. That’s some knowledge base old Ben is working from.

Well. Don’t forget his student teaching at a charter school. What’s that? ten weeks. That counts too.

Two years though. Does that mean he got RIFed or released for cause and he didn’t get tenure?

benvelderman@edactiongroup.org.

Don’t email from work.

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