Let me begin by saying I'm thrilled to be the Principal at Warner Elementary, the students, staff, and community have really helped make being principal enjoyable and memorable. I look forward to many years of continued excellence and the development of lasting relationships. A bit about me follows:
I have grown up in the Jackson area and I have always called Jackson, Michigan home. I attended Hanover-Horton schools K-12, I then went out of state to Tri-State University and received my bachelors in Elementary Education. After college I began my teaching career at Hanover-Horton where I taught 5th grade for 9 years. During that time I completed my Masters in Education through Spring Arbor University. Now I call Warner home!
I'm married to my wonderful wife Amy. We just celebrated our fourteenth anniversary! We have two lively boys Drew age 12 and Troy age 9. We also have a dog, Snoopy and a cat Nilly. Our family currently resides a couple miles outside the village of Hanover. It is a short 11 minute drive to Warner.
I do have many hobbies, my two biggest are running and golfing. I grew up an avid golfer and did attend Tri-State on a scholarship. Nowadays you are more likely to see me running than golfing. I try very hard to stay active, healthy, and fit. I also passionately follow Manchester United, the Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Another hobby I enjoy is ice skating, and I try to get out and geocache with my boys.
Some of my odd interests would be watching the television show Psych, Castle, and White Collar. Plus taking in a movie on occasion. I tend to really enjoy comedy's, mysteries, and classics.
Academically I have a strong liking of history and the American Revolution. I try very hard to make learning exciting. I figure the more excited I am the more the students will be energized and into the lesson. Books are another one of my passions. I recently finished a book about friendships My next book of choice will be Wonder!
You can also follow me on twitter at @benjamingilpin or on my blog - http://colorfulprincipal.blogspot.com/
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