Benjamin Kelly is an experienced STEM teacher in the Anglophone East School District of New Brunswick, Canada. He teaches grade 6-12 STEM at a small but mighty rural school where he strives to provide world-class, authentic and future-proof learning experiences through his "STEMpathy" program. He started Canada's first K-12 Dronography (Academic Drone) Program in 2014 and is a published educational researcher in the area of Universal Design for Learning. Benjamin's students work daily with cutting-edge technology including the Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Studio, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift & Quest virtual reality devices and Minecraft Education Edition. The experiences don't stop there, as his students explore coding and hands-on skilled trades EDventures that are truly innovative. Benjamin is the proud recipient of the following recent recognitions for his work in education:
- The Canadian Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching STEM for 2019 & 2018.
- FETC Top North American High School STEM Excellence Award 2020.
- ISTE Games and Simulations Excellence Award 2020
- The New Brunswick Minister's Award for Education Excellence in 2018.
- Officially named an N.B. Innovator in 2018 by the New Brunswick government.
- WorkSafeNB Teacher of the Year 2018.
- The New Brunswick Inspirational STEM Teacher of the Year for 2017.
- National Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Education 2017.
- Anglophone East School District Supplemental Position of Responsibility for Innovative Design 2017-2020
- Anglophone East School District Supplemental Position of Responsibility for STEM 2012-2016
- Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow
- Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017 (Past Advisory Board Role)
- Global Minecraft Mentor (Class of 2017)
- TeachSDGs Ambassador (Class of 2017)