Ben Scoville

Director of Teaching and Learning
Ben comes to us from the Cheongna Dalton School (CDS) in Incheon, South Korea, where he served as CDS’s Director of Middle School, having previously held the post of Dean of Students.

Ben’s career has been characterized by a profound commitment to children and to supporting classroom practices that promote student voice. A gifted English teacher himself, Ben was a model for his colleagues long before he assumed increasingly important leadership positions. Ben believes in the importance of culture in schools and has made a centerpiece of his leadership the development of a culture that supports teaching and learning, and student and faculty engagement. He understands that change only happens when we appeal to hearts and not just minds. In his educational philosophy, Ben shared, "I believe one of the most important functions of my job is to foster teacher leadership. One of the ways I do this is by presenting evidence highlighting the gap between our stated vision and current reality. If we truly believe A...then why are we doing B? Doing so generates a sense of urgency around positive change. I then take a collective inquiry approach to problem-solving. How can we address this problem? What might be possible? By providing a space in which teachers can explore the full range of possibilities, I provide them with voice and opportunity to take ownership of school improvement initiatives. I'm consistently amazed and humbled by the creativity and initiative shown by teachers once empowered."

Ben earned his B.A. in English from the University of Utah, returning some years later to Salt Lake City to complete his M.A. in Teaching at Westminster College. With his solid grounding in the best practices of 21st century education, a leadership style that recognizes and supports the amazing accomplishments of teachers even as it seeks to promote growth, and a worldview that has been nurtured over a decade overseas, Ben is excited to continue his own personal and professional journey at Sewickley Academy.
    • "I believe one of the most important functions of my job is to foster teacher leadership."

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