A new leader from Purdue

A feature of the new Project Lead the Way teacher

In the school year, teachers come and go. Most are teachers coming from a different school, while others are right out of college.

Project Lead the Way teacher Elizabeth Vanderveer graduated from Purdue in May.  She majored in Biology Education and Biology and minored in Psychology and Global Studies

At Ben Davis she is teaching a class called Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way is a stem-based program. It is a course that is studied all throughout the United States and focuses on biomedical sciences and engineering. It is a project-based learning where kids can experience different opportunities for a career pathway.

With entering a new school, Vanderveer was greeted with open arms from the administrative staff and teachers.

“The first impression of Ben Davis was that it was very big compared to the outside,” Vanderveer said. “However, when I came here, I was welcomed with open arms. The administration staff was great with helping me settle in. Also, the teachers are passionate about what they teach and are helpful. The students are great too.”

In her first year at Ben Davis, Vanderveer hopes to bring more students into the science field.

“I hope to intrigue students to go into a career involving biomedical sciences,” she said.

Being in a new place is scary, but Vanderveer seems to be adjusting well to our school.


Questionnaire with Elizabeth Vanderveer


What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is reading scientific literature.


What do you do outside of school?

I like to catch up on sports and what’s new in the science community. I also like to play with my lizard.


What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is pink.


Do you have any pets?

I have a lizard whose name is Rango.