|Background and Qualifications
Education Masters of Education. Arizona State University
Curriculum and Instruction/English As a Second Language
Bachelor of Arts. Northern Arizona University
Secondary Education/History Ed
Professional Portland SUN Community School Skateboard Program Sponsor & Coach
Experience Initiated and sponsored after school skateboarding club for Portland Sun Community Schools
Skate Camp Manager & Skateboarding Instructor. Maui Family YMCA
Skate Park Manager/Camp Coordinator & Coach. Site Design Group
Tempe, Arizona. .
Skate Camp Manager/Skatepark Builder/Grounds Supervisor
Windell’s Snowboard Camp
Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Public School Teacher Tempe and Portland Public School Districts
Over the course of the past eight years Ben has taught full time both US History and English as a
Second Language in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Tempe, Arizona/Portland Oregon.
1998 - 2007
PSIA Certified Snowboard Instructor. Arizona Snowbowl
Taught individual and group snowboarding lessons to students of all ages.
Special Skills Public relations, special events, clinic and curriculum development,
grant writing, fund raising, hiring and training of staff.
Professional Skatepark Leadership Advisory Team
Development Served on skatepark advisory team for the city of Portland Oregon. Worked to evaluate and
develop possible sites for a city wide skatepark system.
Y.M.C.A Skateboarding Task Team
Served on Y.M.C.A committee working to outline national skateboarding program and create a
technical assistance paper for skateboarding programs and skateparks.
Introduction to Skateboarding Clinics
Developed and implemented beginner learn to skate classes for the city of Chandler’s Public
Tempe Parks and Recreation Skateboard Safety Clinics
Created fundamental skateboarding safety and “skatepark etiquette” clinics for the city of
Tempe Parks and Recreation.
The History of Skateboarding, a Humanity for Teens
Designed and facilitated a joint literacy project between Arizona State University and the
Phoenix Public Library.
Skateboarder, Educator, & Drop In Author.
Ben Wixon, Pier Park 2006
|The skateboarding lessons and programming developed by Drop
Into Skateboarding have been created by a professional educator
with extensive experience in skateboarding and skateboarding
instruction. Curriculum author Ben Wixon holds a M.A. in Curriculum
and Instruction, and has been skateboarding for over twenty years.
He has competed in international competitions, judged contests, and
developed skateboarding programming for numerous cities,
organizations, and skateboarding camps. Drop In lesson plans have
been developed from experience and formal training, and were
created to serve a real need in the community. This in depth
understanding of both educational best practice and skateboarding
culture makes him uniquely qualified to develop practical
instructional lessons anyone can understand.
Drop In to SkateboardingTM