Staff Bios

Ben Briggs

Teacher | Environmental Studies

Boys Boarding School Teacher Ben Briggs

Ben Briggs
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Ben attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and earned his Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in Science and Social Studies. He decided to make a jump to Western North Carolina to the land of the waterfalls to reconnect with nature and begin his teaching career. He greatly enjoyed working with middle school students and familiarizing himself with all the outdoor wonders in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

During summer vacation from teaching, he spent his summers knee-deep in the French Broad River working as a paddle guide and improving his skills on the river. It was during one of these summers that he learned about Cherokee Creek Boys School when the school ordered a fleet of Mad River Caption whitewater canoes. He was immediately intrigued. After a few phone calls and visits, Ben signed on as a Trek staff at Cherokee Creek Boys Boarding School.

“After three years of sleeping in tents and canoe adventures with the guys, I was excited when I was offered the Social Studies job. This opportunity allows me to get back to a 9 to 5 schedule that I love and get back in the classroom at this great place.”

Let me share a middle school story…

“My middle school experience was a great experience because of my closely-knit group of friends. On hot summer days, we would be found in the creek catching crawfish and tossing them in old Coleman coolers to sell later as fish bait.

On one particular July afternoon, my buddies and I noticed a large cistern in one corner of my basement that stored rainwater. Immediately, one of my friends commented that it is like a giant fish tank! Hmmm… Two hours later, with a cooler full of crawfish and bluegill, we sped home to put into play our wonderful plan.

After depositing them into our giant, rainwater-filled, “no sunlight-getting,” tank made of mildewy concrete, it became a regular routine of ours to scamper down the steep steps — with flashlight in hand and grasshoppers in our pockets to toss into the tank — amazed to see the fish still swimming around and full of life!

It was because this experience and many others like it that I was able to rely on my friends to get me through the awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes painful days as an adolescent.”

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