I was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and am a product of the Ohio County Schools (W.Va.). In 2002, I graduated from Wheeling Park High School where I was active in the honors program, athletics, and theater program. In 2006, I graduated from Bethany College (W.Va.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While in college I was an active member of the Beta Beta chapter of Kappa Alpha Order serving much of my time as the chapter’s Historian and Coordinator of Alumni Relations.
Upon graduation, I worked three years in print journalism before completing the Accelerated Certification for Teacher (ACT) program at Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.). While obtaining my teaching certification, I also worked as a substitute teacher and middle school football, wrestling, and track coach in the Union Local (Ohio) School District.
In 2009, I accepted a position at North Dorchester Middle School in Dorchester County Public Schools (MD) where I became a full-time English Language Arts teacher. During my tenure, I served as the Dorchester County Public Schools’ social media manager for its high school scholarship initiative and district technology steering committee, served on the School Improvement Team, chaired the National Junior Honor Society, chaired the Faculty Council committee, served on the district Health Care Negotiation team, and served as a wrestling, cross country, and tennis coach at North Dorchester High School. During this time, I earned my masters degree from Salisbury University and doctorate degree of University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
In 2015, I moved to a similar position at Pocomoke Middle School in Worcester County Public Schools (MD). In my time at Pocomoke, I have assisted in the district’s digital conversion efforts, developed district-wide English Language Arts units and assessments, and served on the School Improvement Team. During this time, I was named to the ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2016, Flip Grid Ambassador, and Plickers Ambassador. On the athletics side, I continue to coach cross country at Pocomoke High School.
In 2015, I began an adjunct professor position at one of my alma maters, Salisbury University. In the Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies, my work involves teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses.
Regionally and on district levels, I have presented on technology integration, implementation of Maryland College and Career Readiness standards, and authentic tasks in innovative classrooms.
On a personal level, I am married to my wife Erica with whom we have two children, Madeleine and Hayden. I am an avid West Virginia sports fan.
Brian Cook, Ed.D.