Erin's Open Road
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.