New Hilliard elementary teacher passionate about literacy

Eder said his library contained hundreds of paperback books he's personally collected and organized. (WSYX/WTTE)

Back to class means a new school year, but for Andrew Eder, 22, it's also the start of a new career.

"I spent my entire summer... just prepping and creating and laminating and cutting," Eder said in his second grade classroom at Ridgewood Elementary in the Hilliard City Schools district. "I feel as if i have half of it done."

Eder graduated from The Ohio State University in the spring of 2017, studying both early childhood education and developmental psychology.

He also was a student teacher with Hilliard City Schools last school year, he said.

"I teach because I feel as though every child has the inalienable right to an effective education for them that’s individualized and develops them holistically," Eder said. "That’s been my driving force."

Eder spent months creating even the smallest details in his classroom, which demonstrates his value of literacy and interactive learning.

He said his library contained hundreds of paperback books he's personally collected and organized. Hilliard City Schools expanded the number of students who have access to iPads this school year.

"I don't think paper books will ever become old school," he said. "I want kids to come in and immediately be drawn to this area."

An activity area called the World Wall encourages students flip through packets of cards to help with spelling, word memorization, and critical analyzation, he said.

He hoped to be interactive with parents and create a team effort to keep kids engaged and excited about learning.

"I’m wildly energetic and excited for their kids. I’m right out of college, so I’m the most up to date when it comes to research and the new teaching beliefs and standards," he said.

Eder said he sees himself potentially as an administrator, eventually.

But he's in no rush.

"I’ll definitely stay in the classroom as long as I can," he said.

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