New Doctor of Education Announced at Eagle Hill School
Eagle Hill School
Dr. Eric Stone awarded advanced doctoral degree (Ed.D)
Eagle Hill School (EHS) is pleased to announce, Dean of Education and English teacher Eric Stone was awarded a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) by Cambridge College, Boston, Massachusetts for his thesis on Parental Cultural Norms And The Dynamics Of Student Executive Functioning.
Dr. Stone defended his dissertation on Friday August 7, 2020 at Cambridge College, bringing a close to a nearly twelve-year journey to achieve his doctoral degree.
In his qualitative case study-model research paper, Dr. Stone explores how parents and children deal with executive function deficits in order to help students succeed in school. Executive function deficits are usually associated with students diagnosed learning disabilities. Eagle Hill School educates students identified with diverse learning profiles, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and executive function deficits.
“Every parent wants their child to be successful”, Dr. Stone explained, “But there are often dynamics of control between the parents, teachers and students creating a push-pull effect. Finding ways to allow students to manage their own time, exercise impulse control, organize decision making, and make plans for long-term assignments—as it relates to their work—helps them achieve successful outcomes.”
Inspired to pursue his doctorate by Dr. Michael Riendeau, Eagle Hill’s Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, Dr. Stone enrolled at Cambridge College in 2008. After completing only one class, Dr. Stone, a twenty-five year United States Naval Chief Petty Officer and Reservist (retired), was deployed to Iraq for a year.
Upon return to the United States, Dr. Stone picked up where he left off and completed all the required course work only to be deployed again in 2012. At the urging of Dr. Riendeau and his doctoral advisor Dr. Stephen Maio to finish pursuing his degree, Dr. Stone continued his studies along with his duties as Dean of Students, English teacher, and student advisor at Eagle Hill School. Ironically, the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him extra time to work 2-3 hours each night on his thesis due to the cancellation of his own children’s school sports and other evening activities.
“Anything is possible if you persevere. I can’t say enough about Michael Riendeau. Sometimes you need people to push and sometimes you need people to step back, including my wife, who stepped back and let me do it on my own.” Dr. Stone explained.
Dr. Stone is now working on publishing his dissertation.