Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. - English Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Creative Writing
Mr. Eric Smith
Mr. Smith’s Biographical Sketch
Mr. Smith is a mid-centenarian and former STTUD (Specialized Thoroughbred Training and Use Development) Professional, where for approximately half of his half-century of living he managed a large race horse ranch in California before deciding to return to college and seek a less physical line of work in teaching. The former horseman discovered a more wimpish love of literature and English and earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, and thus entered the classroom scene, first as an adjunct instructor at the collegiate level, and then, after being Born-Again and surviving a summer on a boy’s ranch out in the middle of the Arco desert where he discovered a love and a calling for working with teens, at the highschool level. His 9-12 teaching career began in 2011 in a substitute teaching role at Atlas School in its infancy state, and developed into a full-time teaching position there, affording Mr. Smith the opportunity and blessing to be an integral part of the awesome changes at Atlas, and to witness the growth and increasing successes of Atlas students.
Mr. Smith says of his Atlas experience, “I can’t tell you all how much I enjoy working with the students and staff here at Atlas. They’re all simply awesome, and full of so much potential. It’s a real blessing.” The former STTUD turned teacher is now working on bringing the horse ranch life to Atlas, to continue his dream of combining his two loves, kids and horses. This writer hopes it all works out.