Eric has several points of intersection with Chewonki, first as an instructor in the summer Boatbuilders Expedition (2017) and as a two-year teaching fellow for Maine Coast Semesters 59, 60, 61, and 62. To each role, Eric has brought a robust set of skills and understandings that mirror his affinity for the natural world and the disposition of a life-long learner.
When reflecting on Chewonki, he writes, “I believe in the value of our organizational mission and know that one of the most tangible ways we achieve our high aim is by teaching students to be critical observers of and engaged participants in the world around them.” As a full-time, residential science educator in the Semester School Eric brings his love of teaching and the natural world, his passion for working with adolescent students in a residential setting, and his capacity to work collaboratively with students and colleagues.
Eric received his BS in Conservation Biology from St. Lawrence University, which included participating in the University’s Adirondack Semester.
After growing up in New Jersey, Eric earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology at St. Lawrence University where much of his senior research was devoted to understanding the ecology of common northern forest mosses. He has worked as an environmental and field science educator in California and instructed rock and ice climbing, backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting throughout the United States. Eric is eager to bring his love for outdoor travel to the science classroom at Maine Coast Semester to pair wilderness exploration and academic inquiry. In 2014 he spent thirty-nine days canoeing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from the central Adirondacks to northern Maine, mostly alone.
In the Community
Around Chewonki Neck you can find Eric carving spoons against a pine tree, paddling at the waterfront, or with his nose in the dirt making friends with yet another species of moss.