Erin is our Education Advocate.
After graduating with a Masters in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania, Erin headed back up to Rochester, NY where she attended undergrad at Nazareth College. She accepted a job as a school social worker, which required her to coordinate services and serve as a liaison between the school and the home for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
In 2008, Erin and her husband, Domenick moved to North Carolina where she worked as a family therapist and service coordinator with youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System. By 2011, Erin was a new mom of twins. In 2014, Erin and Domenick came to Savannah with their twins. Shortly thereafter gave birth to their youngest.
As the years went by, Erin and Domenick began to recognize some developmental differences in their children. Not quite knowing where to turn in this new town, Erin turned to an advocate at the Matthew Reardon Center. Not long after, Erin accepted a job as an advocate the Matthew Reardon Center and quickly found a passion for supporting families through the same process she was going through.
She has attended the Wrightslaw Advocacy Training, and continues to sharpen her skills through the Special Education Training Program through the Coalition of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). This year-long course advances her skills as an advocate and provides the opportunity to learn from some of the top attorneys and advocates working hard to promote and advance the education and civil rights of people with disabilities.
Having sat on “both sides of the table,” Erin brings a unique perspective to her work as an Educational Advocate, and hopes to empower others with the knowledge she has obtained along the way. The best part of her job is watching a family take the reins of their own case and then “pay it forward” teaching others how to work within systems that can otherwise feel very overwhelming.
In her “spare” time, you can find Erin spending time with her family, binge-watching the delightful offerings that Netflix brings to the world, listening to audiobooks or podcasts, and singing along to various Broadway soundtracks as she shuffles her kids from one thing to the next.