Erin began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Baton Rouge, LA, teaching English Language Arts to middle schoolers. She quickly fell in love with teaching and continued her education journey working in district and charter schools in Atlanta, New Orleans, Lynn, MA, Boston, and Chicago. After seeing how inequitable discipline structures and whole school culture were negatively impacting the students she taught and their ability to thrive academically and personally, she enrolled in a graduate program to focus on identifying risk and promotive factors in students’ lives in hopes of creating systems level change toward educational equity.
Post-graduate school, Erin worked in Boston Public Schools as a teacher and her school’s Director of SEL. She built school-level best practices to share at the district level, including a K-8 SEL and life skills curriculum, as well as coaching fellow educators and administrators on SEL implementation. During this time, she also served as a teaching fellow for the Childhood Trauma course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Following a move to Chicago to get back to her Midwestern roots, Erin worked in consulting roles to create a CASEL-aligned K-12 SEL curriculum for use in schools across the nation, adult and educator SEL professional development and certification programming, DEIB staff development, district and administrator-level coaching, and led tiered behavior intervention groups for K-8 students in Chicago Public Schools.
Erin holds B.A.s from Purdue University in English and Public Relations and Rhetorical Advocacy, and a Master of Education in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She spends time away from work hanging with her pup, Moira Rose, collecting even more indoor plants to care for, trying all the new restaurants in Chicago, and deciding what country she’d like to work remotely from next.