Ben Folkmann

Teaching Spanish to elementary students wasn't on my radar after graduating from college, but God led me to ACS after a period of worry about my future endeavors. He guided me to ACS through a good friend and classmate to a company called The Language Project, which teaches language in a natural manner through experience, discovery, and play. Through this company, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach Spanish to all age levels at ACS. This is my first year teaching at ACS and I am so thankful for the kindness, love, and support that the teachers, staff, and students have given me.  

I grew up in a Christian household in the small town of Marengo, Iowa. My parents still reside there, operating a farm. I have one older sister who is currently in her third year of veterinary school at Iowa State. I feel very blessed to have been brought up in a loving, nurturing, Christian household learning about Christ. My church family back home has also been an integral part in my upbringing, as I have learned countless things from our friends who seem like family.  

I obtained my Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Studies, with a minor in music from Iowa State University in May of 2015 and in August, I received TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). During my time at Iowa State, God gave me two amazing opportunities to study abroad in Spain, in which I really developed my Spanish language skills. He also blessed me with two teaching assistant positions at ISU for a Spanish-English translation class and a Spanish phonology class. The day after I graduated, He blessed me with another amazing opportunity to teach English in Ecuador with a non profit organization called Manna Project International.  

Teaching at ACS has been such a blessing and an amazing experience. I'm so thankful for all that God has granted me and for all of the special people he has placed in my life  May His blessings rain down on us all like manna from heaven!