“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” – Anatole France
Meet The World Wanderer! Traveling has been a passion of Erin’s since she was very young. Since all four of her grandparents are immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and Croatia, her first-generation American parents pushed for her and her brother, Thomas, to appreciate, not only their roots, but the sacrifices their grandparents made for them in coming to America. Growing up, they took her and Thomas to many places up and down the East Coast of The United States, including historical sites, such as Williamsburg, VA., Charleston, SC., and Salem, MA. At young ages, they were able to gain an understanding of the country that they were born in and the history that surrounded it.
In November of 2001, the family took their first overseas trip to visit family in Ireland. That experience opened Erin’s eyes to the world, and she knew from that moment on that she wanted to see it all. In the years following, Erin continued to take more trips, visiting friends who were studying abroad and taking any opportunity to see the world. She visited friends in London and Rome, her uncle took her to Paris and Madrid for graduation, and she traveled to Mexico and the Dominican Republic with friends. Then junior year of college, Erin’s family decided to return to Ireland, but to make it a three week European adventure. They headed from Ireland to Germany and then drove through Austria and Slovenia to Croatia and on to Italy. It was the trip of a lifetime, and one that Erin often looks back to for continued inspiration.
Then, after graduating college in 2007, Erin began teaching fifth grade and, in more recent years, has moved to seventh grade language arts. With the generous breaks teachers are given, she is able to take advantage of them and travel. In the past four years, Erin has visited Mexico, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Ireland, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, and takes any and all opportunities to travel the world.
Erin’s favorite part of traveling has been sharing what she has learned on her trips with her students. She is able to open their eyes to the world around them by showing them where she have been. From teaching them new languages, showing them different currencies, bringing them food to try, and, most importantly, teaching them that the world around them isn’t that big a place, she feels that she has a lot to teach her thirteen year olds. At such an impressionable age, Erin feels that what she teaches them can have a huge impact on who they become in the future, which is why she feels that these lessons are crucial.
Her dream is to continue to travel and to one day visit every country in the world, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures along the journey and bringing it all back to share with my family, friends, and students.