Scholarship Recipients

Erin Erin is still teaching Early Childhood Special Education at DC Prep, a charter school in Northeast DC. She is currently working with her supervisor to increase their capacity to provide proactive sensory and emotional supports for students to help them be successful in a rigorous academic environment. She is also planning to attend graduate school to obtain a Master's in Early Childhood Special Education.

This position is the perfect focus for the combination of her experience teaching kindergarten as part of Teach For America and her passion for working with students who need extra support. She works with students from Preschool 3 through Kindergarten across all academic subjects and areas of development so they are prepared to be successful throughout their school careers and when they grow up. She reports that she loves the opportunity to know her students well and tailor her teaching to fit their needs and that working alongside a talented team makes the results visible so quickly!

Erin attended William and Mary College, with the goal of becoming a teacher "so I can surround myself with what I love." She graduated in May 2010, after a stellar college career, and completed a two-year Teach For American experience with kindergartners in Virginia Beach.

Erin, from the rural town of Prince George, Virginia, is described as "hard working, dedicated, and enthusiastic; a person of extraordinary character who brings a positive attitude to everything she does." Despite commuting more than two hours daily and taking numerous AP courses, she maintained a stellar grade point average at the rigorous Maggie L. Walker Governor's School. Teachers' recommendations tell of her contribution to classes, her sharp mind, her commitment to excellence, and perhaps most impressive, her unique ability to really "listen" despite her bilateral hearing loss.

Her hearing loss was first discovered when she was four, but by then she had already taught herself to read lips. She says that frustration because of "an inability to communicate" made her a creative problem solver to determine the most effective ways to communicate in various settings.

Among her extracurricular activities, she spent a summer in Asia teaching English to high school students there. In addition, she personally reworked the entire English curriculum used by her peers, helped raise money to fund their trip, and ran evaluation sessions.