Mr. Boland was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BA in the German language from the University of Illinois at Champaign. He continued his studies with an MA in German linguistics at Middlebury College in Vermont and at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany. Upon completion of further education at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, he also earned an MEd in German Literature and Methodology as well as English as a Second Language. Additional classwork has been completed through the University of Virginia here in Northern Virginia.
Teaching positions have included lecturer of English in the Englisches Seminar at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany; instructor of German at the DePaul University in Chicago as well as teacher of both AP(Advanced Placement) and IB(International Baccalaureate) German programs with the Fairfax County Public School System. He has been employed as a Loudoun County teacher of German since the opening of Heritage High School in 2002. Mr. Boland sponsors a chapter of the Delta Epsilon Phi, the German National Honor Society at Heritage and also maintains an active school partnership program (GAPP) with the Hannah-Arendt-Gesamtschule in Soest, Germany.
Mr. Boland has sat on the AATG-National German Language Testing Committee, was a member of the SAT German Language Testing Committee and is currently an AP-German Question Leader for ETS. He also presents workshops for both Fairfax County and Loudoun County Public Schools as well as for the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Conference and the Goethe-Institut of Washington, DC. In addition, he is also a member of the Trainernetzwerk-Team, which provides workshops for instructors of German in the US.
In 2008, the German program at Heritage became a member of the PASCH worldwide initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future." There are only nine German high school programs in the United States designated with this honor. Coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office in Germany, this program provides classroom funding and study trips to Germany for Heritage faculty. Furthermore, two selected students of German as well as Mr. Boland attend seminars in Germany each year provided by the Goethe-Institut.
Boland was president of the American Association of Teachers of German from 2015-2017.