He left tech to become a Colorado high school teacher. His key to classroom success: ‘love the kids as much as the content.’

When his students began learning remotely last year, high school teacher Ken Benson felt like he was seeing more ceiling fans than faces.

But he was determined to keep teens engaged no matter where they were. He tried new technology tools, games, and his sense of humor. 

“Making connections with students is what fills teachers’ souls,” said Benson, who teaches social studies, economics, and financial literacy at Niwot High School in the St. Vrain Valley School District.