• Welcome to Ben Fortel's page!

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    Classes: Physics First
                   AP Physics 1
                   Environmental Science

       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, I am also a co-sponsor for the Science Olympiad team.

    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 18 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 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.