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Ben Colson is the 2013 BP Teacher of the Year for the Anchorage School District

Ben W. Colson.

Ben W. Colson.

PHOTO: Courtesy of BP

Ben Colson is the 2013 BP Teacher of the Year for the Anchorage School District. It was previously announced that Colson is one of 10 BP Teachers of Excellence for 2013 for the ASD. His honor as BP Teacher of the Year was announced last night at the celebration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Ben W. Colson teaches social studies at SAVE High School. The key to educational success in Colson’s classroom is treating each student with respect and acknowledging their individual learning styles. He aims to make each assignment relate to life experiences and promotes the idea that we are all life-long learners. For the past decade he has taken students to Washington, D.C. with the Close Up program, a trip that for many will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see our nation’s capital and government at work. By promoting student involvement in community service efforts he helps build a sense of pride in his students as they integrate themselves into the community where they will become productive members.

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