Ben has been breaking computers for fun and profit since his parents got a hand-me-down Commodore 64 when he was eight years old. Aside from computers, his passion is teaching and learning. He learned to love learning, being home-schooled until 10th grade. Most of Ben's IT career has been spent supporting teachers and students at public schools in Missouri, including a few years teaching IT skills as an adjunct instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College. Ben joined Google in New York City as a Systems Administrator in 2014, and currently works in Colorado with the Mergers and Acquisitions team. He lives there with his wife of 15 years and their dog, Mab. They all spend as much time in the mountains as they can, taking photos and exploring the Rocky Mountains. Ben has an associate degree in networking technology, a GED, and still breaks things all the time.