Teaching is not a skill one is born with, nor a job one can master after taking a few education classes. It is an evolving science that requires great dedication.”

Eric’s Story

Prior to his junior year at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), Eric earned average grades and had no career in mind. Much to his surprise, his Earth history course turned out to be a life-altering experience. The professor’s unique teaching methods awakened curiosity within Eric about the natural world. By the end of the semester, he had chosen a profession—teaching.

While studying ecology and evolutionary biology at CU-Boulder, Eric held several research-based positions. Through his work at the university’s McKenzie Lab, he studied the transmission of a fungal parasite (Bd) among bullfrogs across the Front Range of Colorado. In a separate job with OtterTail Environmental, Inc., he studied the dynamics of the West Nile Virus in Colorado.

As an Upward Bound instructor, Eric has taught general and marine biology to high school students from low-income communities and reservations across the nation. As a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction candidate at CU-Boulder, he taught biology to secondary students at three local schools.

Following in the footsteps of his Earth history professor, Eric aspires to invite students into the scientific discipline through curiosity-driven learning. He also aspires to show them how science is intimately connected to their daily lives and their place in space. As a Knowles Teaching Fellow, Eric expects to “hone his pedagogical practices through experimentation, testing, and participation in collaborative inquiry.”

He is passionate about the outdoors, traveling, teaching and learning. Among these, the latter is that upon which he bases his life and finds greater meaning.