Philosophy and Leadership Style

We are at a crucial time in modern history. Global connectedness, technological innovation, and polarized ideologies bring a set of challenges and opportunities never before seen. The world is mandating a new model of education to prepare children for the future. Education is being transformed and shifting from the factory model to an adaptive, agile, and personalized model that is intensely focused on the learner.

Educational Philosophy

“I believe that teaching and learning is student centered, strengths based, and holistic. Children are naturally curious and have an innate desire to learn. They bring a set of ever-evolving learning profiles to the classroom and are active participants in their own learning.

I believe that wellbeing is just as important as academic achievement. Emotional intelligence, character development, mindfulness, a sense of purpose, building positive relationships, and resilience are integral parts of a holistic education.

I believe that authentic learning environments extend beyond the traditional classroom and is filled with relevant and engaging tasks that inspire curiosity and creativity. A comprehensive and broad curriculum is solidly based in standards, yet flexible enough to meet the diverse needs, styles, and learning rates of individual children.

I believe that teachers are mainly “guides on the sides”, and occasionally “sages on the stages,” asking provocative questions that stimulate deeper thinking. Teachers promote a growth mindset by praising effective thinking processes and efforts that lead to success.” ~Eric B. Hamilton

Leadership Style

Eric is a relational, collaborative, and transformational leader who believes in the highest potential of the human spirit. He strives to develop and grow leadership in others. He distributes leadership to empower teachers. He is optimistic, energetic and has a growth mindset. He is self aware, emotionally intelligent, leads by example, and builds trust.

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

-Jim Rohn

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Eric is INTJ: Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging. However, he is split evenly between Thinking and Feeling. This unique profile is associated with people who are visionary, yet have the ability take the necessary steps to attain that vision.

INFJ: Vision and meaning oriented, Quietly Intense, Insightful, Creative, Sensitive, Seeks harmony, growth, Serious. Loves language, symbols. Persevering. Inspiring.

“Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.”

INTJ: Vision oriented, Quietly innovative. Insightful. Conceptual, Independent, Determined, Persues competence, improvement.

“Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.”

VIA Character Strengths

“Character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. When you know your strengths, you can improve your life and thrive. Research reveals that people who use their strengths a lot are 18x more likely to be flourishing than those who do not use their strengths.” Eric’s top 8 Character strengths are listed below. He strives to use them daily. “


#1 Fairness
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

#2 Forgiveness
You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy, not revenge.

#3 Prudence
You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

#4 Honesty
You are an honest person, not only because you speak the truth but also because you live your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and unpretentious; you are a “real” person.

#5 Teamwork
You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.

#6 Leadership
You excel at the tasks of leadership, encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.

#7 Perspective
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends do. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

#8 Curiosity
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.