Hi … thanks for visiting! My name is Eric, and I’m an educator, writer, and photographer. This site is where I collect, share, and think through ideas, resources, and other items related to those pursuits.
If you’re interested in my professional background, please visit my résumé page.
I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was a child. I love a good tale, whether in fiction, film, TV, comics, or games. Darker tales in particular have always called to me, from the Scary Stories of childhood, through my teenage obsessions with Stephen King and Clive Barker, and later through my discovery of the classic stories of Ambrose Bierce, H.P. Lovecraft, and M.R. James. I prefer what is sometimes called “weird fiction”–not gore and violence, but the shiver of uncertainty. I appreciate works that excel in style, push and blur the boundaries of genre, and linger with the reader beyond the scares. I hope to produce works that accomplish the same.
Education is my other passion. I taught English and creative writing for a number of years and now work as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. I also serve as a Teacher Consultant and Technology Liaison for the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP).
I’ve also enjoyed photography since my teen years, with a particular interest in travel and landscape images. Recently, I’ve started shooting portraits, working with studio lighting, and exploring the creative side of photography through glamour and conceptual approaches.
When I’m not writing, reading, working, or shooting, I like to travel, hike, scuba-dive, play games of all types, and enjoy the great activities, food, and drink options that Richmond has to offer.
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- Facebook – for friends and family
- Instagram and Flickr – for photos, duh
The long version …
I attended Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) where I earned a B.A. in comparative religious studies. For my senior thesis, I studied aspects of Native American spirituality. This led to internships on the Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah), during which I worked with the Chinlé school district to help edit traditional tales for inclusion in the district’s bi-cultural curriculum development program. This work deeply affected my beliefs and goals, and I returned with a strong interest in social justice and education. I decided to become a teacher as a result and returned to Mary Washington to finish a B.A. in English and earn my teaching license for secondary English education.
Throughout high school and college, I was also writing and keeping myself involved in literary magazines, theater, and the arts–with a particular interest in photography–so when I was offered a position to teach at a school that was in the early stages of becoming a fine and performing arts specialty school, I accepted. This allowed me to help with the development of the program in general and the creative writing strand in particular. As a result, I served as assistant coordinator and taught English and creative writing at Woodbridge Senior High School’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA).
I also attended the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Summer Institute in my first few years of teaching. If I were permitted an extended metaphor, I would say that Chinlé sparked my passion for social justice and education, CFPA provided the fuel for the fire, and NVWP taught me how to sustain that fire and put it to good use. NVWP was, by far, the most powerful and helpful professional development program I encountered as a teacher. After that first summer, I joined the board and became more involved in the project’s work. I served as a staff member during the 2001 Summer Institute and started working with NVWP’s Young Writers Program, serving in the Student Summer Institutes and weekend workshops. In 2002, I became the project’s first Technology Liaison, somewhat by default, because of my interest in using online tools to help improve student writing and thinking, and continue to serve in that role.
In 2003, I achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in adolescence and young adulthood English language arts, and in 2006, I earned an M.A. in the Teaching of Writing and Literature from George Mason University. Afterwards, I went on to teach college-level courses in composition and teacher education through the Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.
In the spring of 2007, I decided to leave the classroom–for a variety of reasons–and accepted a position at JBS International, Inc. working on the Child Welfare Reviews Project as a trainer and web-content manager. However, I continued to work with NVWP and follow developments in the world of education.
After five years in the private sector, I retuned to education in the fall of 2012. I currently work for Henrico County Public Schools as an instructional technology resource teacher. The primary goal of that position is to help teachers use technology effectively in their instruction.
I also continue to develop my own writing, mainly fiction and scripts for comics and films. I’ve had a long-standing interest in genre studies, particularly horror and dark fantasy. This interest includes exploring the connections between genre and folklore and mapping the potentials and limitations those genres present.
Recently, I’ve started to develop my love of photography into a more focused pursuit, shooting portrait and family images on the business side, and working on glamour and conceptual images on the creative side.
I’m currently living in Richmond, Virginia, and enjoying all that the area has to offer.