• Ben Fortel

    Ben with a hen

    Science Department: BHS Science website
    Courses Taught:
       Physics First
       AP Physics 1
       Environmental Science
    Office Hours Availability:
       Mon: 2:30-4:05 PM
       Tue: 2:30-4:05 PM
       Wed: 2:00-4:00 PM
       Thu: 2:30-4:05 PM
       Fri: 2:30-4:05 PM
    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 love Environmental Science because it provides a framework to help us navigate living in a way that respects our community, our surroundings, and ourselves.
    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 19 years, and we have two wonderful sons, Gabriel and Owen.
    • When I'm not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors, quilting, and reading.


    • I tweet! You can follow me at @benfortel.
    • Updated information about  the topics covered in class, assignments and activities, as well as additional resources are 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.