Eric Nelson

  • Math/Science Teacher

    B.A. Physics and Mathematics - University of Montana

    "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." - Chinese Proverb

  • Phone:

    (406) 758 - 8133
  • Where did you grow up?

    I grew up in Columbia Falls, about 45 minutes from Summit Preparatory School. It's a small town often referred to as "The Gateway to Glacier Park."

  • Tell us about your family.

    My wife Kate and I have been married since 1995, and our son Gabe was born eight years later (he is eight years old.) I am the oldest of four kids. My brother Adam owns a computer business, my sister Hannah has some business job I don't understand in New York City, and my youngest sister, Emily, is a waitress back home in Columbia Falls. My mom and dad are both "empty nesters" who run a bookkeeping business.

  • Share something about yourself that might surprise people.

    I am an officer in the Montana Army National Guard, and deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2012/2013.

  • Briefly describe your work experience.

    During summers while in college, I worked as a student laborer at the aluminum plant where my dad worked and during school I worked at the Physics and Astronomy Laboratory at the University of Montana as a lab instructor and machinist. After graduating college, I worked as a substitute, taught math/science at the Montana Academy for over two years, and then got the job I currently have at Summit (since September of 2002).

  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

    Assuming that our orbit is still "in the world," I would love to spend a week aboard the International Space Station. It would be interesting to experience weightlessness and the view would be spectacular.

  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

    Although I always thought I would grow out of it, I continue to enjoy playing video games. I also enjoy lifting weights, watching movies, reading books, shooting guns, playing with my son and hanging out with my wife. I particularly enjoy reading western novels (Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey), fantasy novels (Robert Jordan, R.A. Salvatore, and Brandon Sanderson) and science fiction movies (pretty much anything with the word "star" in the title).

  • What draws you most to this type of work?

    Teaching is never easy or boring. It’s always challenging figuring out how to present a concept just a little clearer, or develop an idea just a little further. Teenagers keep me on my toes, and help me ensure I don’t get too stuck in my ways (both in and out of class). Plus, it’s just fun.

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