Hersman, Ben
6th & 8th Grade Math Teacher


I come from a huge family of teachers, including my mom, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My immediate family includes my mom and dad, a 27-year-old brother Max, and a twin brother Tommy. We were born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and enjoyed all things outdoors. Growing up, I played hockey, football, baseball, and lacrosse. I still enjoy playing hockey in a men’s league every Tuesday night!

What do you like most about BA?
What I like most about BA is the culture. It’s an environment where everyone feels comfortable being pushed to do more than they think they are capable of doing. The teachers and coaches only want what is best for the students and athletes, allowing them to maximize their potential.

Why did you get into education?
I come from a huge family of teachers, so it must run in my blood! I really enjoy developing relationships with students and athletes and helping them grow as much as they can. Being able to see something “click” for students is very gratifying to experience.

Which teacher or coach had the biggest impact on your life and why?
The coach who had the biggest impact on my life was my junior hockey coach, Kevin Hartzell. He was a demanding and honest coach who taught me many lessons about discipline, hard work, and accountability. I still think about the advice he would give me when faced with a hard decision today.

What is the best advice you can give to students at BA?
Do not compare yourself to your peers either in the classroom or on the ice; focus on being the best version of yourself that you can be every day.

What are your credentials and teaching experience?
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and in 2020 I earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I have previously worked with 1st through 5th-grade students and most recently taught 4th grade at Breck School.