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.
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.
Tomorrow will always come.
Adversity is what makes you able -- facing adversity is what makes you strong!
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.
I want to continue learning so that's whenever it's needed, I am competent.
Question 3: What are some of the challenges you've faced in your career?
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.
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?
Never give up.
Believe in yourself.
Always have the best intentions.
Question 6: What's the best piece of advice you have received?
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 5: What's one thing you wish you could tell your 16 year old self?
Question 7: What's your favorite book?
Question 1: What’s your educational background?
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?
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Question 9: How do you balance your career and family obligations?
Question 10: What's your plan for the next 5 years?
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 11: What's your definition of success?
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!