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Mr. Ben West

The 2023-2024 school year will be Mr. West's 20th year as a high school teacher and 13th year in LCPS.  Mr. West joined Independence HS in 2020 after teaching at Stone Bridge HS for 9 years. He previously taught at W.T. Woodson High School and South County High School in Fairfax County Public Schools from 2004-2011.  Mr. West also coached high school basketball for 12 years and was the head boys basketball coach at Stone Bridge from 2011-2014. Mr. West grew up in a military family and attended grades K-12 in Virginia, Florida, California, Rhode Island, and Italy.  He graduated from W.T. Woodson HS in 1997, attended Penn State University to study Civil Engineering, and earned his Bachelor's of Science in Communications with minors in Earth Science and Meteorology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  He completed his post-graduate and teacher licensure work at George Mason University.

Mr. West currently teaches Earth Science, Conceptual Physics, and Geospatial Science at Independence high school.  He lives in Ashburn with his wife, Lisa, who is a native of Indiana, PA and a science teacher at Stone Bridge High School.



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