Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
Ben Bollinger Danielson
M.Ed., St. Mary's University
Ben Bollinger Danielson teaches ninth grade World History and twelfth grade History of Thought and World Religions in addition to being the History Department's Hamm Family Chair. He has traveled with SPA students to a peace and conflict resolution seminar in Scandinavia and spent time in Liberia in 2000, helping construct and start a school in the remote, northern region during their civil war. Mr. Bollinger Danielson was an accomplished college athlete in track and field, having won five conference championships in different events, and has helped coach the SPA girls soccer teams to the state championships. He was named section coach of the year in 2003. Today, he is head coach of the varsity girls soccer team and advises the school’s book club. He earned a B.A. in history and social studies education from St. Olaf College and an M.Ed. from St. Mary’s University. Before joining the SPA faculty in 2003, he taught in Northfield and Albert Lea. Outside of school, he stays busy with his three young children.