Theodore Fagan, known to most as “Ted,” is a U.S. Chess Federation Certified Coach and full-time, professional, chess teacher with more than 30 years of experience. He is the founder and Executive Director of EAGLE Chess Academy. In this capacity he coordinates scholastic and summer chess programs as well as schedules lessons for individual students and teaches beginner players. He also assists at Academy sponsored chess tournaments and other events. He is often the first contact that new players have with the Academy.
Ted is a member and former president of the Maryland Chess Association where he was responsible for club development. He has established chess programs throughout Prince George’s County. He specializes in teaching chess to beginners and intermediate players regardless of age. He also coaches adults who “used to play” and want to get back into it. Ted has also taught chess as a non-credit course at Prince George’s Community College. He provides challenging and fun instruction to individuals and groups in schools, libraries and other locations. He also conducts chess camps every summer. Currently, he coaches scholastic chess clubs and offers chess seminars at many local schools, both public and private. In past years he helped sponsor clubs in Forestville and Largo, MD.
Ted is a former air traffic controller and Federal Aviation Administration executive who served as deputy director of personnel and technical training. He believes that the ability to consider options and consequences in chess are the same kind of skills that help the children make better decisions in life.