Ben Minnis

Position: Pedagogical Coordinator

benPersonal Story

I have always loved children, but even after working with kids at a daycare in high school and being a camp counselor through college, I never knew working with kids and their families would become my profession.  I went to school to become an actor and director, but by the time I graduated I knew that I wanted to commit my time to something that felt more satisfying and important.  When my stints as a pretzel maker, cheese maker and waiter were no more inspiring than acting, I took a look back at where I started; working with kids.  Once I started working with kids again, it felt like everything started to click into place.  My love of playfulness and desire to contribute to my community were both satisfied instantly.  A year later  when I began working with the Reggio Approach at the Co-op Family Center, I found myself intellectually engaged as well.  Within a few years, I had realized that this is something I want to commit my professional life and development toward, knowing that no matter how much I give to the work, it will always reward me by keeping me tethered to the pure joys and wonder that are childhood.

Educational Philosophy

I believe that the most meaningful educational journey we all embark on starts in infancy and remain with us as long as we are curious and engaged in our experience of this world.  One of the things that draw me to work in an early childhood setting is that the importance of developing the self is not overshadowed by memorizing facts or preparation for the “real” world which somehow begins once someone finishes their formal “education.”  The real pedagogical questions that I see children and adults pursuing everyday are: “Who am I?”, “What is this world all about?”, and “How do I be my most satisfied self in this world I am discovering?”  These questions are fuel for a life of learning and growth that children cannot help but embark on, but many adults grow too numb and distracted to recognize.