Ruby Bridges Elementary


Vice Principal - Ben Lundholm

Hello everyone!


My name is Ben Lundholm, and I am thrilled to be the new Vice Principal at Ruby Bridges.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you better.


I grew up in a small town a couple of hours from here and then studied Spanish and English at UC Davis.  To put myself through school, I drove tomato trucks, lifted boxes in a huge autoparts warehouse, and served as an assistant in the music library.   After graduation, I worked for a year as a counselor at a group home for SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) kids and then became a teacher.    I specialized in reading development and wound up teaching English, Spanish, Journalism, and Academic Literacy, mostly at a high school in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood in San Francisco.


My work with literacy brought me in contact with various reading specialists and librarians, and I grew to really admire their work and envy their positions – to the point where I decided to go back to school for a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  I was a middle school librarian, reading teacher, and textbook coordinator in Oakland for a year before I landed a job as the librarian at Mountain View High School.   After almost a decade there, I was unexpectedly offered a position I couldn’t refuse as a manager of a public library in East San Jose.  Most recently, for the past three years, I was a school leader, staff coach, and teacher-librarian at Franklin Elementary here in Alameda.   One of my main projects was leading the Innovative Plan there in Blended Learning.


I've been in Alameda for fourteen years, and I currently live about two miles from the school with my wife and two cats.  My interests today are similar to what they were when I was a kid: swimming, riding my bike, learning new things (especially related to technology), and reading.  A few hobbies that I adore that my younger self wouldn’t enjoy are yard work, gardening, making things out of discarded books, and traveling.   Over the past decade or so, I’ve traveled to Nicaragua, Japan, Sri Lanka, Wales, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Continental Europe.  This has been good for my Spanish but not nearly enough to learn the 30 languages that I hear are spoken at Ruby Bridges!


I am really excited to be here, and I look forward to learning and growing with this community.


The pictures below include a recent one of my wife, a goldminer, and me in Old Sacramento, and one of my cats. :)