Fork Union Military Academy congratulates COL Houston Eldridge for being named Teacher of the Term for Term 2 of the 2022-2023 academic year. Cadets submit nominations for the Teacher of the Term at the conclusion of each grading term. The cadet nominations are reviewed and evaluated by the Teacher of the Term/Year Committee, which is comprised of non-academic staff members. After considering cadet nominations, the Committee announces the Teacher of the Term.
Eldridge has been working at the Academy since 1999, starting as a Social Studies teacher. After several years as the Chairman of the Social Studies Department from 2007-2016, he served as the Director of Character and Leadership for four year. In 2017, the Academy named Eldridge the Commandant of Cadets, a position he held until 2019.
Eldridge returned to the classroom in the spring of 2021, teaching one course in US History. He then taught two terms of US Government last year.
For Term 2, Eldridge taught US Government and will teach Leadership & Ethics for Term 3.
COL Eldridge received nominations that stated:
"He takes time with us students, listens to us, considers how we feel and always has us smiling. He tells us his stories to learn life lessons. He shows us traits to use for us being good men. He is my No. 1 role model and I know I could depend on him for any help."
"COL E is one of the best teachers I have had. He is not only a good and firm authority, but he also makes his classes interesting and easy going. He is a great teacher and even better person."
"He takes extra time to help us learn. He grades fairly and truly looks out for all of us."
Congratulations, COL Eldridge!