Ben Shifrin is the kind of guy who belongs in a classroom, but as a kid you may have thought otherwise. Shifrin, the head of Jemicy School was recently honored with the Outstanding School Administrator Award at the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council’s (IMSLEC) Innovator Awards.
A dyslexic himself, Shifrin grew up with many of the same academic challenges that Jemicy students face, and he has an unshakable belief in the potential of children with learning disabilities. Despite these challenges, he went on to graduate summa cum laude from Temple University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. degree in Administration and Special Education.
Decade of success
Shifrin's accomplishments during his 10 years at Jemicy, illustrate why he earned prestigious award. Not only is he known for promoting ongoing professional development for the already experienced faculty and staff that serve the school’s 300 students, he led Jemicy’s merger with Valley Academy to create Baltimore’s first 1st through 12th grade school for students with language-based learning differences; increasing outreach; and has facilitated a joint learning initiative to develop and offer home schooling curriculum to students struggling to read.
"Under his leadership, Jemicy has blossomed into a thriving educational community where children can achieve success and experience the joy of learning,” said Mark Westervelt, assistant Head of School. “There is no one more attuned or dedicated to children with language learning differences than Ben Shifrin, and we look forward to many more years of his guidance and wisdom here at Jemicy.”
A nationally recognized expert on education, Shifrin frequently speaks throughout the United States on the topic of educating students with dyslexia and other related language-based learning differences. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of the International Dyslexia Association.
IMSLEC is a private nonprofit council whose mission is to accredit training courses that provide instruction in code-based multisensory language teaching techniques for educators, teachers and academic therapists. Each year since 2003, IMSLEC Innovator Awards are given to outstanding professionals in the field of multisensory education.