• My name is Ben Ham.  2009 is my first year at Stuarts Draft High School.  I jumped head-first into the teaching profession last year at Robert E. Lee High School as a geometry teacher.  When I heard of the opening at SDHS, I didn’t miss a beat as engineering is my true passion.


    I was born and raised in the Staunton area.  My father is a retired VVTC masonry teacher and my mother is a retired Buffalo Gap math teacher.  Upon graduating from Fort Defiance, I went to Virginia Tech and pursued mechanical engineering.  While at Virginia Tech, I participated in the co-op program where I worked at DuPont for twenty-four months.  My responsibilities at DuPont included PLC troubleshooting and programming operator training equipment.


    After graduating from Virginia Tech, I studied rocket propulsion at the University of Illinois, but soon realized that the world of research is not for me.  I moved back to the area and began designing roof and floor trusses for Universal Forest Products.  After a few years I had climbed the ranks to Engineering Design Team Leader.  However, due to the recent economic downturn and my ties to teachers, I decided to make the career switch to teaching.  That truly was the best career move of my life!  I still hold and maintain a professional engineering license from the state of Virginia.

Last Modified on April 9, 2010