Graham, Ben - Social Studies

Family HHI 2015

Ben Graham


I am a father, husband, and teacher - and have been teaching history at North Buncombe High School for 17 years. I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and attended UNC Greensboro, where I studied History and Education. I live here in Weaverville with my wonderful wife Jessica (a counselor here at NBHS), and our two sons, Noah and Avery.


I first discovered the power of history in my youth, by tracing the influences of my favorite rock bands, and spending weekends exploring the colonial village of Old Salem. At age seventeen, I spent just under three weeks in Europe, and it cemented my passion for all things historical.

I was fortunate enough to start my career here at NBHS, and have loved every minute of it. Constantly surrounded by amazing teachers and inspirational students - I look forward to teaching every day. I believe that I am here to serve my students, and that I always have more to learn.

I write and reflect on teaching on my blog

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This is me (in high school, at age 17) in Paris - on a trip to Europe that changed my life, and sparked my love of history.

Courses: - Advanced Placement World History - United States History - World History

- B.A. History cum laude, UNC-Greensboro, 1999
- Secondary Education Certification, UNC-Greensboro, 1999 (Go Spartans!)
- Advanced Placement Institute, UNC -Charlotte, 2001
- National Board Certification, 2007

Career Highlights:
- NBHS Teacher of the Year 2002-2003
- Member of the Master Teacher Corps ("Teaching American History" Federal Grant), 2004 - 2007
- Coca-Cola's Joseph Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, 2007
- Wal-Mart Corporation Teacher of the Year (Buncombe County, NC), 2008 - 2009
- Advanced Placement World History Exam Reading, Colorado State University, 2008
- Mountain Express, Best Teacher in Weaverville, NC, 2013
- Traveling to Germany with Go Global NC, June 2017
- So lucky to have had the pleasure to introduce many students to: the Mongols, Fugazi, Guernica, passive resistance, The New Deal, Chinese Dynasties (in song form), Howard Zinn, and Roman engineering (did you notice I switched the font to "Roman"? :).. . this job rules.

BCS Global Ambassador
Human Rights Watch
NBHS Advisory Council
Co-Chair: Eblen Charity Fundraiser
NC FALCON Formative Assessment Team
BCS Common Core Leadership Team

The Earth and Its Peoples
World Civilizations
Amnesty International
Advanced Placement World History

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