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Photo: Cristian Argueta
Eric Tanner

Eric Tanner

  • Position: Teacher US history and Holocaust studies
  • Degrees & Alma Mater: Texas A&M University
  • Years at Caney Creek: 8
  • Years Teaching: 8

How would other people describe your high-school self?

Class clown and smart.

Was there a career you wanted to pursue OR pursued before teaching? 

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Become a news guy on TV and then eventually turn that into becoming a game show host, but I ended up becoming an IT consulting manager to provide computer gurus and geniuses to corporations and convince companies to use our computer geniuses.

Tell us about how you got into teaching.

Well my wife Mrs. Tanner ,the theater teacher, she’s been a teacher forever, so that’s what she went to school for and I really wanted to be a teacher. Then when I turned 40 years old, we realized we forgot to have kids. So we’re always going to put it off next year and eventually we didn’t want kids anymore. By the time I was 40 I still wanted to work with kids like teenagers so I quit the corporate world and I became a school teacher.

What do you do outside of school for fun?

I like to grill, and hang out with my friends. I like to go visit my college buddies a few times a year too.

When people get to know you, what are they most surprised to learn about you? 

I won a cruise by doing a karaoke contest and singing “Baby Got Back”.

What is something you know a weird amount about that isn’t related to something you teach?

I was an eagle scout and I worked in a camp so that I could survive out of the wilderness without needing a city place.

Tell us the story about what you are most proud of yourself for?

Going to college and graduating from college.

Who is someone you are thankful for and why? 

I am thankful for my wife Mrs. Tanner, she takes care of me, she’s so smart, a workaholic,  and she’s so much fun to be around with. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Work harder and stay focused and don’t goof off so much.

What do you hope to be remembered for? 

I hope I make a difference in people’s lives and I hope someone looks back and remembers me as like “oh he taught me this”.

What’s on your bucket list? 

I like to travel and see new places and all kinds of things and I would like to see the Northern Lights and see everything there is.


  • Food: Steak, (medium rare steak) 
  • Restaurant: Third coast Barbecue  
  • Music: 80-90 R&B music
  • TV Show: Breaking bad , The righteous gemstones  
  • Movie: 12 Angry Man 
  • Book: Pillars of the Earth 
  • Teacher:  Mrs. Leavrith, my 10th grade teacher

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Cristian Argueta
Cristian Argueta, Photojournalist
Cristian Argueta is a photographer in Caney Creek Student Media. This will be his first year in the program. He enjoys taking pictures of Japanese cars outside of school, JDM cars are his favorite, and is very friendly.
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