Rhoades makes a difference

Science teacher earns February honor


Lacey McLaughlin

Science teacher Ben Rhoades (right) was named the February winner of the You Make a Difference award.

Ben Rhoades is in his third year teaching at Ben Davis. In addition to teaching science, Rhoades also is an assiatnt varsity boys basketball coach. He was recently named the You Make a Difference winner for the month of February.

What made you want to become a teacher?

“I became a teacher and coach in order to help young people grow into responsible adults and become a positive impact on society throughout their lives.”

How do you feel about winning the You Make a Difference award?

“I was surprised and honored to be selected. There are many other hardworking teachers and staff members in the building that are much more deserving of this award than I am.”

What is your favorite part of being a teacher?

“Observing students over time grow into young adults and make good decisions while learning from mistakes they may make along the way.”

How long have you been teaching ?

“This is my 14th overall year teaching, and my third year teaching at Ben Davis.”

Are there any specific things or people that have influenced you to become who you are today?

“There are too many to count, I try to take a little bit from others that I interact with on a daily basis. This would include past teachers, coaching mentors, and my family. I always try to take the obstacles I face on a daily basis and learn from them and not repeat the same mistakes.”

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?