Meet Eric Rasmussen, Learning and Technology Coach

Hi Eric!  Tell us a little about your background.

I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for both my bachelor's degree and my master's degree. As an undergraduate, I majored in ecology and evolutionary biology and specialized in parasitology, which landed me a job with the state of Colorado studying West Nile Virus. A significant portion of this work revolved around public outreach, which resulted in me discovering a love for teaching. I then went back to CU and completed my master's in curriculum and instruction before landing a job in SVVSD as a biology/chemistry teacher at Silver Creek High School. I stayed in that position until I made my most recent change and accepted a role as a Learning and Technology Coach based in Erie.

What does a typical look like for you as a Learning and Technology Coach?

One thing about being a Learning and Technology Coach is that there is no such thing as a typical day. Every day is very different, and requires a great deal of flexibility so I can adapt to the needs of my schools. I may spend one day working with colleagues designing online professional development, where as the next day I am in classrooms helping students explore all the amazing instructional tech offered by SVVSD.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part of the job is being afforded the chance to be in so many different classrooms. One moment I am co-teaching in a 6th grade math class, and the next I am observing a master teacher teach an AP chemistry class to seniors. It is thrilling to see the verticality of our district, and learn from so many amazing teachers.

Please tell us about a project or activity at your school(s) that you're excited about, and why?

I am very excited about being a co-instructor for the first ever Erie High School SMART team (SMART being an acronym for 'Students Modeling a Research Topic'). In this after-school club, students work as a team to research a specific protein delegated to them by a professional proteomic researcher. Students are then required to utilize a 3D visualization software to design and 3D-print a physical representation of their protein, and present their research at scientific conferences. It is amazing to see the incredible work the students create!

If I wasn't a teacher, I would be a.....

Either trudging it out on the tenure track at a University studying parasites, or working at the CDC modeling disease dynamics.

What do you do for fun when you're not at school? 

I love all things the Colorado wilderness provides: hiking, backpacking, running, snowboarding, rock climbing, you name it.