Ben Wallek teaches Geometry, Trigonometry, AP Statistics, and Speech and Debate at Elko High School. Prior to teaching at Elko High, Mr. Wallek taught classes in Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Algebra, and History of Math at Portland State University. Mr. Wallek received his Master of Science degree from Portland State University in 2018. His thesis is titled Investigating Connections Between Linear Algebra and Geometric Symmetry. The paper describes an undergraduate curriculum based on personal exploration that connects the topics of Matrix Algebra to Symmetry through a student driven social constructivist pedagogy. Mr. Wallek received his Master of Education degree from Portland State University in 2018. His research paper Math and Emotions: Three Interventions to Impact Student Anxiety and Efficacy focuses on creating emotionally responsive positive learning environments in secondary math classrooms that emphasizes emotional metacognition and the development of self-efficacy. Mr. Wallek graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Philosophy in 2016. Culminating his undergraduate studies, Mr. Wallek presented his paper, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Substance Monism at Gonzaga University for the 68th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. For over twenty years, Mr. Wallek has played classical bass. He has played in the Reno Philharmonic, TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony, Reno Pops, Ruby Mountain Symphony, Newport Symphony, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Classical Revolution PDX, and String Theory. Above all other things, Mr. Wallek loves going on road trips with his wife Karen, and taking his daughters, Aria and Eleanor to the doughnut shop.