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Eric Hoover

Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education

Eric has twenty years of experience as an educator of English learners across content areas including ELA, ELD, social studies, and science, and has worked with elementary, secondary, and adult learners. He recently accepted the role of Curriculum Designer, Grade Band Lead, with EL Education where he is excited to work on the Designated-ELD curriculum project.

Eric’s passion for working in the field of ELD has been fueled by opportunities to teach incredible students from around the world. He got his start in public education teaching newcomer social studies and science in Lewiston, Maine during the arrival of more than 1,000 Somali refugees who had previously been resettled in other cities across the U.S. He engaged English learners in project-based learning at an award-winning Expeditionary Learning high school in Portland, Maine. He taught English as a Foreign Language at a language institute in Peru. More recently, he was a teacher and district ELD instructional coach in Lancaster, PA, a community with a tradition of welcoming refugees, immigrants, and asylum-seekers.

Eric holds degrees from Wesleyan University (BA), Providence College (Teacher Certification), and the University of Southern Maine (MS. Ed).  He lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife and four sons.

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