Mr. Eric Cole, Educator and Adventurer

"As I embark on this next year as an educator it is easy to look back on the years and remember fondly the students, parents, and faculty with whom I have had the privilege to work. Each year I find myself having a similar first day of school anticipation, much like I had even as a child. I am excited to be joining the Gerstell community and for the opportunity to be a part of the educational journey of the students in Middle School as the Assistant Head of Middle School.
I attended Towson University for my undergraduate studies earning my Bachelor’s in Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics, and the University of Hawaii for my graduate studies where I received my Master's in Educational Leadership and Diversity. Most of my career has been spent working in independent schools, most recently at Jemicy School. Prior to there I was at Severn and Boys’ Latin. While primarily a Dean of Students, I have also taught mostly Mathematics, some English, Science, and Life Skills courses and have coached several sports. I have always enjoyed the teacher/ advisor/ coach model of independent schools. This model gives students and teachers multiple environments to find common interests and build trust.
Outside of school, I can most often be found in one of three places: church, the gym, or the woods. I volunteer as a board member at my local church, and help lead a Bible study group. I coach CrossFit classes in the mornings before school and return to the gym to work out in the evenings. But mostly in my free time, I like to be in the woods; mountain biking, fly fishing, or hiking. I live in Baltimore County with my wife Katie, a project manager for a Department of Defense contractor.
I was asked once on a job interview “What are you?” It is obvious in the school setting I am an educator, but even outside of school I believe the same is true. I enjoy the opportunity to help people on their journey. Be it a spiritual or fitness-oriented journey or teaching wilderness and survival skills on backpacking trips. I appreciate the moments when I get to share any knowledge I have gained from the experience’s life has afforded me."
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Finksburg, MD 21048-1823