Ben Slivnick, 7th/8th Humanities

I am happy to be starting my first year at the Salt Lake Arts Academy, and my ninth as a teacher.
Across four schools and three states, I've always taught middle school. Adolescents never fail to bring a smile to my face with their humor, curiosity and open-mindedness, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my favorite age group — seventh and eighth graders — here.
Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, running and watching basketball — go Bulls! (I was born in Chicago.) I've also spent time living in Baltimore and Denver. But now that I'm Utah, I'm learning to enjoy the state's beauty and particular charms.