North Hampton School Administration
Dr. Erik Anderson
I am Dr. Erik Anderson, Principal of the North Hampton School, and I am extremely proud to be part of this amazing school and community! Twenty-seven years ago, I began my career in education because I enjoyed working with kids and wanted to make a positive difference for the next generation. I then became a school administrator sixteen years ago to “do more good, more often, for more people”. I am thankful that I am able to carry on my life’s professional mission here at North Hampton School, a great place for children to learn, grow and express their talents.
My wife Kristen is a middle school science teacher, and we are the proud parents of two boys, ages 15 and 13. We also have several other members of the animal kingdom living with us.
Over the years I have gone to school a fair amount and obtained the following degrees: Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Franklin Pierce University- 2015, Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Quincy University (IL)- 2002 and a Bachelor’s in Education from Southern Illinois University.
I began my career teaching, in my home state of Illinois, at Pittsfield High School, where I also coached wrestling, football, and directed school plays and musicals. I moved to New Hampshire in 2002, where I became Assistant Principal at White Mountains Regional High School, north of the notches. I served as Principal at neighboring Bethlehem Elementary School for three years, then back at WMRHS as Principal for four years, before relocating to Gloucester, MA in 2012 to become Principal at Gloucester High School.
It’s great to be back in New Hampshire and to begin my second year as Principal at North Hampton School, home of the Jaguars! I am proud to serve as your Principal. Thank you for the continued support and please feel free to speak with me or drop me a line at anytime.
I am eager to start my fourth year as Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services in North Hampton. It is exciting to work with enthusiastic professionals who have the willingness and creativity to generate programming to meet our dynamic student needs. By working as a collaborative team, students have the best opportunity to thrive academically and social-emotionally.
So, how did I get here?
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended undergraduate school at Eastern Michigan University. Upon graduating with a degree in English Literature and Writing, I taught English as a Second Language in Seoul, South Korea, and Istanbul, Turkey taking advantage of both locations to travel through South-East Asia and Eastern Europe. Once my parents beckoned me home, I worked at Merrill Lynch for two years becoming a registered broker. However, travel called my name once again, and I took a position teaching English in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. While I was there, the Department of Defense Schools opened new schools on Guam, and I was hired as a high school English and Social Studies teacher. I stayed on Guam for five years, and in 2000 I adopted my son, Max, from Vietnam. In 2001, I transferred to a Department of Defense School in Belgium. I taught middle school and high school English and Social Studies in Belgium for ten years at the SHAPE American Schools. In 2006 I adopted my youngest son, Carl, from Vietnam. In 2010, my children and I moved to New Hampshire where I took a position as a Special Education Case Manager at Seabrook Middle School. My five years at Seabrook allowed me to case manage students in all middle school grades, work in the after-school program and support adult learners through Exeter Adult Education. I also completed my Masters in Administration and my Certificate of Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2015 I joined the North Hampton staff in my current position. These various experiences have allowed me to develop my passion for public education, student services, working with families, and most importantly connecting with students.
I am very happy to be welcomed this year into the North Hampton School community as the Curriculum Coordinator. My work with the talented and dedicated teachers of North Hampton is focused on the the reflective and iterative cycle of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for our students’ learning. This is an exciting time in education, and I could not imagine a better place to be doing this work.
A little bit about me:
Having grown up in Texas, I attended Texas A&M and the University of North Texas, earning BAs in English and Mathematics. After moving to New England, I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and continue my education with advanced graduate studies coursework at Plymouth State University and the UL-SCALE Institute at Stanford University.
My teaching experiences range from elementary enrichment to AP Calculus, and I have taught in both Texas and New Hampshire, public and private schools, and multiple content areas. While K-12 math has been my bread and butter, I have also enjoyed teaching middle school science and doing literacy research in elementary classrooms. I taught in both PreK-8 and high school and was an adjunct professor and department coordinator.
I first began my work in curriculum leadership in Dallas, Texas in 2004 at the Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Most recently I was an Academic Dean for Timberlane’s secondary schools from 2014 to 2018. I have witnessed powerful advancements in education as a result of compelling research and the desire to meet the changing needs of 21st century learners. I love this work!
My husband, Steve, and I have been raising our family in Hampton Falls since 2007. Our son, a 2017 graduate of Winnacunnet High School, currently attends Colby Sawyer College while our daughter is a senior at Winnacunnet. Cooper and Tucker, our two Golden Retrievers, can often be found running with us on the streets or beaches of the Seacoast.