My goal as a science teacher is to instill a natural curiosity about the world, and to provide my students with tools to discover answers to future questions. The critical thinking skills learned from the sciences have application to any future career field. My classroom is focused on hands-on, real-world learning that expands students’ minds in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment. I hope to help students to develop an excitement of lifelong learning both in and out of the classroom.
Bachelor of Science, Physics, Utah Valley University
Eric believes that every student has the potential to accomplish difficult tasks. His role as a teacher is to encourage students to move out of their comfort zones and realize this potential. A successful teacher instills excitement for lifelong learning and for the subject material. He has a strong conviction that more important than the material being taught is the success and wellbeing of each individual student.
Prior to coming to Gateway, Eric taught physics for American Indian Services to low income Native American students. He also worked in Utah Valley University's math and science labs as a tutor and spent more than 700 hours of one-on-one tutoring and academic advising.
Eric loves spending time in Utah's beautiful outdoors. On any given weekend he can be found rock climbing, canyoneering, or embarking into some deep cave. He unwinds by playing disc golf, cooking, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Creating Student Success
While working for American Indian Services, Eric worked with a student who was severely under grade level in math. Eric took time during that student's homework period to meet with this student and to work with him individually. By the end of the term, this student was helping other students with the same topics he had been struggling with. Eric finds joy in helping students realize the power of learning.