Ben Landers is a K-12 certified Physical Education teacher and has been teaching K-5th Phys Ed since 2007. He has completed National Board Certification in Phys Ed and also has a Masters in Education from Southern Wesleyan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from University of South Carolina. Ben also serves as a Clinical Model Teacher for the University of South Carolina, helping to mentor future Physical Education teachers as part of their graduation requirement.
Ben started the website www.thePEspecialist.com in 2014. He has a passion for kids and teaching quality physical education lessons that will empower students to be the best they can be. Being a PE teacher is such a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the kids that you teach, but his hope is to also impact more students through providing resources and ideas to teachers.
The reason he started this website is to share knowledge, inspire teachers, add value to the Phys Ed community and help solve some of the problems that teachers are struggling with in schools today. This site is dedicated to helping you become a better teacher. It makes him smile to think that he might be a small part of kids all over the world falling in love with sports, exercise and fitness.
Ben is someone who likes to stay active and loves to get outside whenever possible. Aside from teaching he also has a photography and video business that he runs on the side. When he is not teaching or shooting with a camera he enjoys going on adventures, camping, hiking, surfing and lots of other “outdoorsy stuff”. Ben also serves as a Mentor for a local ministry and loves to spend time with his family because they are A LOT of fun to hang out with. He has been married to his beautiful wife Lauren for 8 years and they have a gorgeous little daughter, who is 2 years old.
A quick note from Ben:
I hope that you find this site extremely helpful and full of inspiring ideas. Although I am a “PE Specialist”, so are YOU. I am also just a normal guy trying to figure out the best way to help kids achieve their best, if you have any advice, feedback or ideas – I would love to hear them. I really appreciate you spending time here and hope that you find all the content valuable. Let’s work together to bring some serious respect back to the Physical Education profession and win the hearts of students everywhere!
Have Fun and Teach On!