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Mr. David Rios

Teaches: Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science, Programming Fundamentals, Robotics Fundamentals, Advanced Robotics

Other Responsibilities: FTC Robotics Coach

Tell us about your family. My wife, Cassie, and I live in Lexington and have four children: two sons (Jonathan, grade 7, and Jayson, grade 6) and two daughters (Abby-Claire, grade 2, and Amy, K5). We were missionaries and teachers in Belize prior to joining Ben Lippen.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love music and am a worship leader at my church in Lexington, Riverbend Community Church: training worship leaders, building worship teams, writing songs and music, etc…

I also love learning! I get bored if I am not learning something completely new and mastering it, like photography, repairing guitars, building things…!

What is something most people don’t know about you? I played soccer at Nyack College as a forward. I owned two businesses (Network Engineer Consultant and Wedding Photographer) while working at Ben Lippen.

What are you passionate about? I love teaching and I love our students! I love helping students realize that they are more than capable of accomplishing hard tasks, like winning robotic competitions, creating apps and games, being proficient at spreadsheets and presentations, and more. It excites me to see students be successful while at Ben Lippen and beyond. I love to see our students get to know more about themselves and Jesus as we do classes together.

Why do you choose to work at Ben Lippen? My wife and I are certain that the Lord called us to Ben Lippen. We are being obedient to that calling specifically. We have planned our lives around that and will be here as long as the Lord wants us to be part of Ben Lippen.

What do students get at Ben Lippen that they won’t get somewhere else? The freedom to grow in faith, character, and knowledge. Also, lots of awesome friends!

What do you love most about BL? The fact that Ben Lippen is a place where God is working in the lives of our administrators, teachers, and students. We as teachers get an opportunity to speak into students’ lives as we point them to Jesus.

What do you love most about teaching technology classes? I love to challenge the minds of young people, to become problem solvers, and to be creators & innovators in areas where they did not think they could succeed.

What do you love most about teaching your students? Relevance! I love that everything that I teach is or will be relevant to our students in the world they are growing into and that they can learn new things and then use that to glorify our God.

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