Ben Samuels-Kalow discovered his passion for education while attending school at the University of Chicago. After witnessing inequalities in student opportunities and odds-defying success of high-achieving schools in the South Side of Chicago where he was conducting research and founding a writing lab for high school students, Ben was inspired to pursue a career in education. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, he joined the New York City Teaching Residency with a five-year commitment.

While teaching in the South Bronx, Ben founded a computer science program now used as a model by district and charter schools across the city. As a teacher in the highest-poverty district in New York, he has developed curricula and after-school programs for students that focus on increasing minority and female participation in STEM fields. Most recently, he worked as a Teacher Fellow for New York City’s CSforAll initiative, where he trained pre- and in-service teachers and collaborated with industry professionals on the expansion of CS programs to all students in New York City.

Ben will remain in New York City, to found and lead a high-performing charter school that will help fight the “flawed system.”