Upper School Math Teacher
Ben Overstreet grew up in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, he obtained a Master's degree in San Angelo, Texas, and another Master’s degree from UGA in Athens, Georgia.
After serving in the US Peace Corps in Paraguay (2012-2013), Ben and his wife Sarah Overstreet began their teaching careers in Florida public schools. After a couple of years, they began their international teaching career, moving to Beijing, China, and teaching at a small private school for two years. After that, they settled down in Madrid for a bit and have been enjoying life in Spain since 2018. They enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with their little boy, Kepler.
Ben teaches a variety of math courses, including IB Math Applications SL and HL, and 10th grade math. He enjoys incorporating real-world applications and simulations in the classroom to make math more engaging and fun.
What are you proudest of in your life?
I won a scholarship when I graduated high school for overcoming obstacles in my life. My childhood was a little rough, and I think it made me a much stronger person as an adult.
When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
When I was in the Peace Corps, I worked in schools teaching environmental science, recycling, and English. I worked with many different ages of kids in my community and I learned that I was very proud of the impact that I had on the students, as well as the impact they had on me. After 10 years as an educator, I have realized that I will be in the field of education for my entire career.
Imagine a day with no responsibilities, how would you spend it?
Just playing guitar and drums all day.
Fun fact about you?
I got slimed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando when I was a kid.
What do you want students to take away from your class more than anything else?
The realization that math is all around and useful in their everyday lives. And for the students who struggle, I work hard to give them the confidence they need to succeed.
Favorite ASM memory?
Some of my favorite memories are when my previous students come back to visit me here at ASM.