About Your Principal
About Your Principal
A pure Renaissance Man, Ben Wilson has had many experiences in the field of education. Starting with his departure from the medical field in 1996 as a laboratory assistant, he graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor's degree concentrating on Math and Computers. His first position was at a Mt. View Middle School, a small school located in Unity, Maine. This is where Mr. Wilson took the time to develop a style of science education he called constructivist. These were two strong developmental years in his practice of teaching middle school students.
Wanting to be closer to his love of the outdoors, Mr. Wilson moved his career to Tripp Middle School in Turner where he anchored the Wildcat team teaching ELA, Math, and Science. As the newest member of the team, Mr. Wilson was able to spend nine years developing a curriculum that led to cross-curricular units tying the three content areas together. Ben has a love of athletics and while at Tripp, he coached the boys' soccer team to six successful seasons becoming the Athletic Director there. As Mr. Wilson developed his classroom management system around students first he was asked to apply for the Assistant Principal's position when it becomes open.
This was his start in Administration. Graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a Master's degree in Education Leadership, Mr. Wilson took a position at Gardiner Middle School as the Assistant Principal. While there he kept working on his philosophy of "student first" management. He brought Restorative Practices and Positive Behaviors and Support to the community and reduced the number of suspensions from 713 a year down to 208. When the position of Assistant Principal at Oak Hill Middle School became available Mr. Wilson and his family, who live minutes from the school, decided that a move to OHMS was in their best interest.
Four years later he was able to move into the position of Principal. With nine years as an assistant principal, it has been an adventurous move but one that finds him happily challenged still working on developing and fine-tuning a student-first culture.