Ben Locke Outreach Director

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Ben felt lucky to grow up in a tight-knit family with access to a solid public education. After graduating from Augustana College with bachelor’s degrees in history and political science, Ben became a seventh grade social studies teacher in Baltimore. This experience gave him a first real glimpse at how educational inequities affected students' lives and the city they lived in. While teaching in Baltimore, Ben earned a master of arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

After two years in Baltimore classrooms, Ben moved to various places around the country for his family,  eventually returning to Chicago as a 10th grade U.S. history and 12th grade humanities teacher at Perspectives Charter School on the South Side. After three years, Ben moved back into middle school as a seventh and eighth grade history teacher at the Chicago Jesuit Academy. At each school, Ben felt strongly about making sure he gave his students the knowledge and skills they needed to think critically and engage with the world around them.

Ben felt the need to explore how he could affect the educational landscape from beyond the classroom, so he became involved with education policy. After completing a policy and advocacy summer fellowship, Ben joined E4E as an outreach director. Ben is excited to meet as many teachers on Chicago's West Side as possible, and to elevate their voices in education policy efforts.

"If we're going to really move the needle when it comes to educational equity, including teachers' insights and experience is critical."