Knowles’ program is the right way to do educational reform, it respects teachers and treats them as professionals in a complex field.”
Eric, a native Michigander, received his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary physical science, with minors in mathematics and computer science, from Michigan State University. Following graduation, he taught mathematics and computer science at a high school in San Francisco, Calif. In addition to his teaching duties, he ran the school’s co-curricular project-based learning program, The Challenge, in collaboration with Project 2061.
While simultaneously studying to earn an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in science and mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley, Eric wrote educational software designed to support in-class, science inquiry projects for middle school students. He also studied how those students used the software to conduct said projects. Afterward, Eric completed a one-year post-doc research project on how teachers make sense of reform science curriculum.
Next, he relocated to the East Coast to accept a position as an assistant professor in science education at the University of Delaware (UD). During Eric’s time at UD, he continued his research and development, while working with middle school teachers at a school focused on students with learning disabilities.
Upon returning to California, Eric became a lecturer at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. His teaching duties included foundational education courses and courses on educational technology.
In June 2013, Eric joined Knowles as its first POET. His main responsibilities include helping Knowles Fellows think about how to best use technology in their classroom and developing new technology for Knowles staff and Fellows to use in their day-to-day teaching and learning.
This San Francisco resident enjoys cooking, home brewing of beer and board games. He is also interested in the sociology of the internet.