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.


Jyll said...

I'm envious of your cruise ship "job", I'll bet it was a fun experience. Nice to meet you!

Betsy said...

Hi E,
I took a cruise to Ensenada a few years back with some girlfriends-what a fun and relaxing way to travel! I bet you met a lot of interesting people!

Robert said...

I see we have the Austin connection. I spent over 20 years there attending UT and then staying there to work. I loved the city and it was home for a very long time. It will be nice to meet you and compare notes on Austin

Loubern Santos said...

That is so awesome that you worked in Australia! I have been wanting to go there since my friend and her family took a 3 month vacation starting in New Zealand and ending in Australia! How was it working on a cruise ship? It sounds amazing!

Paul Choi said...

Wow! I bet you could write a book on your life experiences. I'll look for it online. The closest that I have come to a curise ship is a 70's tv show called the "love boat".


david said...

I also love to travel, although I do very little of it nowadays. I think it's pretty cool to do adventurous things early in life to help define the person you will become. I also applaud your work with students. It takes special people to work with teenagers.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have been all over and are really contributing to the betterment of our society and environment...good on ya! Keep inspiring and motivating our youth. They need all the positive guidance they can get!

kage said...

i went on a cruise ship once but i got norwalk virus. also all the food was from souplantation.

Chambers said...

they closed your high school due to gang activity? You'd fit right in at oceanside then. Gang activity was called recess in the valley. sorry, that was a joke and i should not do that. but I guess we know why you went to Tufts. that was another joke.