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Faculty & Staff Profile

Eric Schmitz

Faculty Information

Department(s)
Lower School, New Faculty and Staff
Title(s)
4th Grade Teacher

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
Room
McCarthey Campus (PreK-5)

Education

Degree(s)
BA, speech communication, Augustana College
MEd, curriculum and fine arts integration, Lesley University

Other Information

Biography

Eric joined the Rowland Hall faculty as a fourth-grade teacher in 2020. Eric was raised near Chicago and earned his BA in speech communication at Augustana College before moving to Arizona in 1995. He earned his Post-Baccalaureate K–12 Teaching Certification from the University of Phoenix in 1999 and taught high school history, a combined class of fourth and fifth graders, and eighth-grade language arts and social studies in the first four years of his teaching career. Eric moved to Boise, Idaho, in 2003 where he taught eighth-grade English and fourth grade before working as a training specialist for an educational nonprofit providing professional development for teachers across the state. During this time, Eric completed his master of education in curriculum and fine arts integration from Lesley University. Eric returned to the classroom in 2007 teaching fourth grade, second grade, and kindergarten. He participated in the National Writing Project in 2010 as a fellow and teacher consultant through the Boise State Writing Project. In 2012, Eric moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, and worked as an instructional coach providing embedded professional development for teachers with a focus on English language development. He earned his Post-Baccalaureate Principal Licensure in 2016 while working as an instructional coach in addition to teaching English language development to K–5 students at Olander Elementary. In 2018, his family relocated to Salt Lake City for his husband’s position at Westminster College. Eric transitioned to The University of Utah as an academic advisor in the College of Fine Arts before Rowland Hall. Eric enjoys spending time with his family and friends and has three cats named Howard, Stella, and Thor. He also enjoys travel, cooking, baking, outdoor activities, and watching professional sports.

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