Friday, January 25, 2008

Intro Letter

My name is Erin, most people call me E. I was born in Austin, Texas - go Horns!!
I attended Austin Montessori School for K-6th, Kealing Jr. High and Johnston High. AISD was still in the practice of student busing when I was in school, so my Jr. and Sr. High schools were very far from my home. They just closed my high school this winter due to gang activity and poor test scores. I went to college at Tufts University in Boston, graduating with a BS in Geology, which I never use! Post college I worked in Australia, San Francisco, Big Bear and San Diego before leaving to spend two years travelling on the ocean as a cruise ship employee. I have been back in San Diego for just over 2 years.

I have a love/hate relationship with all things technological. I use a PC at work and use it mostly to create promotional educational material and update our website. We have Macs at home, but I tend to avoid them after using a computer all day at work. Although I feel fairly confident with both systems, I am more likely to pull out the phone book as use the Internet to find a number.

I appreciate the mission statement for the College of Education, particularly the commitments to life-long learning and promoting social justice. I teach a social justice class to my high school community service students and it is empowering to see their commitment to a concept that was all but foreign in my high school days. I did not read the mission statement before applying to the university, so obviously it made no impact on my decision to apply. I am, however, interested to see how the commitment to the mission statement plays out during the course of my education.