Eric Moffa, Ed.D
As someone who studies and teaches educational philosophy for a living, it is important to me that my children’s natural curiosity and passions be fostered through school, not suppressed. I want them exploring and interacting with the environment around them and forming meaningful relationships with nature and with others in their communities. Ultimately, I want them to be lifelong learners and conscientious, cosmopolitan citizens. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes these experiences and learning outcomes. My wife and I were thrilled when we first visited Blue Ridge Montessori School and saw the care and commitment of the staff in putting into action Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy. I desire for other children in our community to experience the benefits of experiential learning; therefore, I am committed to the schools’ expansion and success. I see BRMS as a beacon for progressive education in the Lynchburg/Forest communities.
First and foremost, I am a dad and husband. In addition to those rewarding roles, I am a visiting assistant professor of education at Washington and Lee University. Before my current position, I taught public school for ten years in West Virginia, including eight years as a social studies instructor at Fairmont Senior High School. I taught AP US History, AP US Government and Politics, and Controversial Issues. I also served as faculty senate president and coached tennis and cross country.
I hold two degrees from Fairmont State University, a B.A. in Social Studies Education and an M.Ed. in Professional Studies. I received my Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University in December of 2016. I maintain an active research agenda that focuses on citizenship education, place-based learning, and rural identity. I’ve published my research in the Journal of International Social Studies, The Social Studies, The Rural Educator, and Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. Also, I’ve presented my research at multiple academic conferences, including the National Council for the Social Studies, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Rural Education Association.
I’m happily married to my wife Hope. We have a (soon-to-be) two-year old daughter named Rosaline and another child on the way. Hope holds a Doctorate of Audiology from WVU ('15) and is employed as an Audiologist at a private practice in Lynchburg. We also have a miniature Labradoodle named Clover. Apart from spending time with my family, I’m an avid reader, trail runner, disc golfer, and homebrewer.