Getting to know our teachers — Ben Schweer

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physical education teacher ben schweer works with a class of first-grade students at Butler Elementary School.

Ben Schweer

Where do you teach?

Early Childhood Center and Butler Elementary.

What grade/subject do you teach? Kindergarten-fourth grade physical education.

Why do you teach?

I enjoy the relationships built with students at school. Hearing about their days and the activities they participate in outside of school. It also feels very rewarding to teach a student something new and see them apply it to a sport or game.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

I enjoy walking into the ECC in the mornings during breakfast time. Many kids wave, scream my name, and run up for hugs which is a very cool way to start your day. I also enjoy talking with the fifth-grade students during my lunch since I do not teach them this year. It is fun to hear about how they are doing and what they have been up to.

What are you working hardest on right now?

I’m working hardest on a couple things. First, the Little Dodger Track and Field Day started back up this year. As an Elementary P.E. team we worked hard on the logistics of that day, signing up kids for events, practicing events and races, equipment, and figuring out volunteers.

Second, I have been working hard on getting Rec and Pool passes for students at Butler. I have been collaborating with our Booster Club, the Butler Builders, to get donations. Shout out to Sneakers, Farrell’s Automotive, Rides, and Chuy at Country Financial for their donations to help out Butler students.

What are you most proud of as a teacher?

I’m most proud of teaching students new fun games and activities to stay active. I’m hoping that will translate to them enjoying exercise so they can lead a long healthy life.

What makes you the happiest as a teacher?

It makes me happy when I see kids smiling and having fun during my lesson. The absolute best is when students help each other and have good sportsmanship. It’s nice to hear students say “nice game” and help out teammates and students that are struggling with a skill.

How do you contribute to/how are you involved in our community outside of school?

I help coach wrestling at the high school. I really enjoy helping out with a program with such a rich tradition. It’s fun to see the athletes’ hard work pay off at the state and national levels. Fort Dodge has not just some amazing athletes but amazing people. The community support in Fort Dodge is second to none.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?

I enjoy being outside. I enjoy following the Hawkeyes. I enjoy anything wrestling, whether going to an event, watching videos, or just following along for results.

What do you wish your students/families knew about you?

I really enjoy hearing from students on their successes at school and outside of school. It is fun to hear how students are enjoying sports and being active.

What does Together We Rise mean to you?

Together We Rise to me means everyone working together to help every student succeed in life.


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