Urban education isn’t for the faint-hearted, and Ben Dickerson would know.
The new principal at Cary Middle School found his way into education after a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, and said the military and education share a similarity in that both are driven by core values. While ambition is critical for both students and staff, more important is the safety of his “unit.”
“This has been the hardest job I’ve ever had,” Dickerson said. “I had scary experiences in the military, but the challenge of urban education is very daunting, and it’s something you have to have perseverance for. Going through rigorous military training with a common focus has helped me in the unit that is my school. If I learned anything applicable in the military, it was self-discipline and the art of communication. The school is my ship. Safety of the crew is priority.”