Erin's Open Road
My Path (0:59)
What Motivates Me (0:49)
Learn From Others (1:21)
Time Management (1:56)
Knowing Who You Are (1:38)
Applying Education (2:38)
Executive Director, Office of Children's Affairs
City of Denver
You need to find something that you love to do. Find what gives you that passion and go for it.
- When she started college, she thought she wanted to be a biologist.
- After a few biology classes, she switched into an education major, but soon it became clear that neither of those paths was right for her.
- Eventually she found her calling in public service; says everything along her winding path led her to finding that passion.
- She lived in a neighborhood that didn't offer access to good schools; she became "that mom" that drove her kids out of town to go to school.
- At one point, her son had a third-grade teacher that "wasn't cutting it," so she put pressure on the school to raise their standards.
- She realized that not every kid had a parent that would stand up and fight for their education, so she became an advocate for those children.
- Seeing the payoff of her work firsthand and living it as a parent is what keeps her so motivated and excited about her job in children's affairs.
- She's a champion of project-based learning, which offers a "360-degree education" by building both book smarts and real-life skills.