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    Classes: Physics First
                AP Physics 1

       Email: BFortel@cpsk12.org

       Phone: 573-214-3300
    I love Physics because it examines the underlying principles that govern the universe, and studying it helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us. I have taught since 2004 and have utilized the Physics First paradigm since I started at Columbia Public Schools in 2012. I am very excited about the Physics First program because I see how its conceptual, modeling approach gives students the background and skills they need to pursue their passion for science and succeed in life in general.

    Aside from teaching Physics First and AP Physics 1 at BHS, I am also a co-sponsor for the Science Olympiad team and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

    About me:
    • I am a former Marine and spent the majority of my tour of duty overseas, protecting U.S. embassies
    • Aside from my bachelor's degree in Physics, I have also earned a master's degree in sustainable systems.
    • My lovely wife, Jenny, and I have been married for 13 years, and we have two wonderful sons, Gabriel and Owen.
    • When I'm not teaching, I enjoy geocaching, quilting, and reading.


    • I tweet! You can follow me at @benfortel.
    • Updated information about topics covered in class, assignments,  assessment schedule, and a class calendar available through Schoology.
    Help outside of class:
    Student success is my priority. I am happy to provide additional assistance to students who need it before or after the school day. I arrive at 7:45 each day and am willing to schedule appointments to meet with students after school.