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Benjamin Tellie - September Mentor


Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. September’s monthly mentor is Benjamin Tellie. Benjamin Tellie is an art and design educator at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, MD. He teaches a range of visual arts elective classes in both the middle and high school. He is also a doctoral student at The George Washington University in the EdD Curriculum and Instruction program. In the fields of art education and curriculum studies, his scholarly interests span psychoanalytic theory, curriculum theory, as well as theories of autobiography, social trauma, and historical witnessing.

Outside the classroom and university setting, Ben co-instructs hybridized visual arts and therapeutic workshops for CaringMatters, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Gaithersburg, MD, that helps families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. In addition, he is a curriculum writer for KID Power, a non-profit education organization in DC. Ben is working on the Art with a Purpose Curriculum that fuses visual arts with social-emotional learning designed for elementary-level students in Title 1 DC public schools.

In the past, Ben has served in many visual arts teaching capacities at various intuitions, including the National Gallery of Art’s High School Seminar Program, Maryland Institute College of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Ben was named 2019 Eastern Region Middle Level Art Educator by NAEA. To learn more about Ben, visit his website at

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