Ploeger, Benjamin J. (bjp2132)

Benjamin J. Ploeger

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor - SPA|NOLA

Office Location:

212A Zankel

Office Hours:

By appointment.

Educational Background

B.S. Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

M.A.T. Secondary Math Instruction - Xavier University of Louisiana

M.A. Educational Leadership - Xavier University of Louisiana

Ed.M. Educational Leadership - Teachers College, Columbia University

Ed.D. Educational Leadership (UELP) - Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Ben Ploeger is the Superintendent of Schools at Kaohsiung American School (KAS) in Taiwan. KAS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School where 775 students from over 30 nations can graduate with a U.S. high school diploma and the IB Diploma.  During Dr. Ploeger's time at KAS, faculty turnover has decreased while academic performance has continued to increase.  

Before KAS, Dr. Ploeger was the Principal and Head of School of Eagle Ridge Academy Charter High School in Brighton, CO. Eagle Ridge Academy was a high performing but fiscally endangered school when Dr. Ploeger joined the team. In his time at ERA he led a successful financial turnaround, raised test scores, and steered the school through several successful charter renewals.

Previously, Dr. Ploeger was an Academy Director at Sarah T. Reed Senior High School, a high-need public school in New Orleans. Dr. Ploeger was instrumental in transforming the school and improving test scores by at least 12% for three consecutive years. Dr. Ploeger also led the creation of the Academy of Engineering in order to address critical needs in the STEM fields.  

Dr. Ploeger’s interest in education began while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Vanuatu. After serving in the Peace Corps, Dr. Ploeger focused his sights on tackling the challenges in the educational systems in his home country and abroad. Dr. Ploeger earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, his M.A. in Educational Leadership and his M.A.T. in Secondary Math Instruction from Xavier University of Louisiana, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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