Ben Shifrin, who is currently serving his 17th year as head of school, provides a wealth of experience and expertise to Jemicy, where he interacts with students daily. Dyslexic himself, Ben brings a uniquely sensitive approach to working with students and lives up to his commitment that students’ needs come before all else.
In 2009, Ben was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), served as treasurer and vice president, and is an honored member of its Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was selected to serve on the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas School’s Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children, which focuses on the identification and nurturing of children with both learning challenges and giftedness. In 2014, Ben accepted an invitation from Stevenson University to join the President’s Advisory Council, and in the summer of 2015, was selected by Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, to join the Governor’s Dyslexia Task Force. Additionally, Ben is an affiliate member of the Dyslexia Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program. Ben speaks nationally on the collaboration between neuroscience and education and on other topics relevant to learning differences.
Ben attended Temple University, where he earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education and Administration, graduating summa cum laude with both degrees.