Benjamin Lev

 

Where did you grow up and what was your first language?

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada; my first language was English. 

What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?

When I was still in elementary school, my dad used to take me to the national high school basketball tournaments that were held in Las Vegas every July and December. The best teams and players from around the country would all be in the same building at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, competing in two gyms that were just a few feet away from each other. To this day I've never had so much fun watching basketball. We would get there at 9 in the morning and not leave until midnight. I wish something like this existed in NYC. 

Where did you go to college?

I earned my B.A. in English Literature from UCLA, my M.S.T. from Pace University and my M.S. in Educational Leadership from CCNY. 

What was your favorite book in middle school?

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

 

What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?

Being part of a team of educators, students and families all united toward creating the best possible middle school for our community. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?

Attempting to see a baseball game in every Major League Baseball and Liga de Beisbol Dominicano stadium with my wife. We have seen games at 27 of the 35 stadiums. 

What is your favorite quote?

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights." - John Wooden
 

"Work Hard, Get Smart. Be Good, Change the World."