• Name: Ben Edwards
    Grade: 11-12
    Subjects: IB History, AP/IB Economics
    IMr. Edwards
    A native of Pittsburgh, PA, I attended North Allegheny HS and graduated in 2000. Afterward, I attended the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, Majored in History (with related areas in Anthropology and Business Administration) and graduated Cum Laude in 2005. Following undergrad, I received an MAT in History Education from Pitt and interned at Upper St. Clair HS. There I taught Hon. World History and American History. The following fall, I was hired as a Permanent Sub at USC and taught AP/IB Economics and Hon./MYP Civics and Geography. After a year in the private sector, I moved to Sunnyvale, CA in 2008 and worked as a Geography, Civics, Economics and Speech teacher at Leland HS in San Jose. I loved Leland, but my home has always been in Pittsburgh, so I returned as a sub in 2009 and worked primarily in social studies and English until 2011. After another brief stint in the private sector, I was hired full-time as a World History, Economics and English 10 teacher at USC in the fall of 2011. I began teaching IB History 

    Aside from my educational pursuits, I enjoy being involved with the two-time PHSSL State Champion USC Speech and Debate team, where I have helped in various capacities since 2001. I also enjoy music, sports, movies and reading for pleasure. My family includes my wife, Sarah, and my daughter, Lily.

    Some Books I Like:
    • Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
    • Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
    • Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
    • The Oresteia - Aeschylus
    • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 
    • Season of Migration to the North - Al-Tayyib Salih
    • The Iceman Cometh - Eugene O'Neill
    • A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
    • Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
    • The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje 
    • The Overstory - Richard Powers
    • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Wizard of the Crow - Ngugi Wa Thiongo
    • Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    • Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    • Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
    • The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
    • Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
    • Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
    • Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
    • The Tin Drum - Guenter Grass
    • Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
    • Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
    • Pericles, Prince of Tyre - William Shakespeare