Erin Whatley always had dreams of becoming an educator. She continuously challenges her students to achieve their best and to reach their goals. Being a mother and wife has not deterred her from accomplishing her various career goals.
Question 1: What’s your educational background?
October 2014 Edition
I obtained both BA Psychology and MA School Counselling from Hampton University. Also, I have Administration in Supervision license.
Question 2: What has been your career path to this point?
Presently, I am an Associate Principle having held this position for over three years. Previously, I was a Special Education teacher for two years and worked as School Counselor for seven years.
Question 3: What are some of the challenges you've faced in your career?
Initially, I was not admitted in Hampton University due to my low GPA. However, I was placed in an accelerated preparation program in which I excelled, ultimately achieving my bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Question 4: What motivates you to excel?
I come from a long line of educators. I have always wanted to follow in their footsteps. I have an innate need to make myself proud and to help my students to fulfill their potential.
Question 5: What's one thing you wish you could tell your 16 year old self?
Never give up.
Believe in yourself.
Always have the best intentions.
Question 6: What's the best piece of advice you have received?
Tomorrow will always come.
Adversity is what makes you able -- facing adversity is what makes you strong!
Question 7: What's your favorite book?
I have quite a few! The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah, The White Lines by Tracey Brown, A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown, and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
Question 8: Currently, what are you listening to?
I love reggae, especially alternative reggae. I love Erykah Badu and Jay-Z.
Question 9: How do you balance your career and family obligations?
It's definitely a balancing act! I am married with a 3-year-old daughter. You need to go into your career with the best intentions, and you will know when to give and take concerning your family and career.
Question 10: What's your plan for the next 5 years?
I want to continue learning so that's whenever it's needed, I am competent.
Question 11: What's your definition of success?
It entails going after your dream and knowing you have given your best regardless of the outcome. I want to know whatever I obtain, I can sustain!
Question 12: How do you empower young girls and women in your local community?
Within my role, I make sure I uplift every young female by celebrating their successes. Their triumphs are their stepping stones. Also, I am very empathetic to young women and all their life obstacles. I encourage all my students to ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question!