Graham, Ben - Social Studies


Ben Graham Family Kiawah '19

I am a father, husband, and teacher - and have been teaching history at North Buncombe High School for 19 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), our two sons, Noah and Avery, and a dog named Maggie.

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

paris 94
{>>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.}

I love to stay in touch with parents about our class.  Contact me about signing up for my Remind, and/or my google classroom.

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

Chicago 2018
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 🌎
Social Justice Club 💪
Gay Straight Alliance 🏳‍🌈
NBHS Advisory Council
Co-Chair: Eblen Charity Fundraiser
NC FALCON Formative Assessment Team

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