Ben DeMarais

 Ben DeMarais

Year of Graduation: 2008

Major(s): Physics

Graduate Degree:  Master in Education (M.Ed), University of Notre Dame


Please give a brief description of your current position and what your work entails.

I work at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana as the Physics, Physical Science, and Engineering teacher. We have the "Project Lead the Way" program at my school which I implemented this fall and will continue teaching next year. I also help at the school as the Assistant Band Director. 

How did you become interested in working for Archbishop Shaw? What other experiences led up to it?

I came to Archbishop Shaw through the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. I served as an ACE Teaching Fellow until I graduated from the program in summer 2015 with a Master in Education (M.Ed.) and teaching license. 

What activities/resources did you utilize at CSB/SJU to prepare yourself for this career?

My one-on-one work in the physics department including semesters of labs and my senior honors thesis project led me to be confident in leading a class of physics students through engaging labs and starting the engineering program this past fall. Working in residential life as an RA and after graduation as a Faculty Resident (FR), led me to be engaged in the school community and seeking leadership positions around the school to make the community better for all. 

Involvement in the CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band for four years helped me stay involved in music and led me to be confident in filling the position of Assistant Band Director.

What advice do you have for students that are interested in your career? How can they learn more?

The best advice I can give is to challenge yourself. Be okay with failing and learn from the failures. Seek good mentors and take classes from professors you like.

(Spring 2016)