Hello- I’m Eric Salo. A husband, father of twins, and teacher of communication.
I am the director of Roanoke County School’s Specialty Center for Mass Communication. We are located at The Burton Center for Arts and Technology. Mass Comm., as the program is known, is a four-year program of study for students interested in pursuing interests in the many fields of communication. In conjunction with the mass communication courses I teach, students also take pre-AP and AP English courses, and a digital and web design class. The goal of the program is to produce well-rounded communicators and critical thinkers with a good work ethic.
Before becoming a teacher I worked at Roanoke’s NBC affiliate, WSLS. I began working there as a production assistant while finishing my degree at Virginia Tech. I continued to grow into a news editor, then a news videographer, and finally a creative services producer. Following my years at WSLS I worked as a producer at Blue Ridge PBS.
I brought strong video and broadcast experience to my students when I began teaching in 2004. I have since worked to expand my skills, and stay abreast of the dynamic technology we work with.
Thus far, through Kent State University’s Teaching Multimedia course, I have learned how to create a blog using WordPress. I have added Instagram to my social media knowledge/presence, and created an additional Twitter account. Knowledge of these social media outlets continues to expand my skill set, and allows me to keep up with the social media used by my students.