Erin Hartfield is an Academic Interventionist at Gateway Public Schools.
“I want to be a part of Surge because the best and most successful professional experiences that I’ve had have been in a cohort style with people of color and allies. Allyship doesn’t mean that we all have the same opinions and that’s what made working in a group so rewarding, meaningful and challenging. I’m looking forward to exploring some of the same dynamics with Surge. Through the Surge network, I hope to create protocols through a culturally competent lens, sharing this type of reflection with more organizations and schools. I want to strengthen my leadership skills, something I believe Surge can help me do. I believe that what I learn from other leaders in the program, will impact my school and district.”
As a National Board Certified, Special Education teacher, she led the department at one of the largest comprehensive MS in her district. As the youngest leader and first woman of color to hold that position, she worked hard to create structure within the department that helped all students to feel a sense of belonging and make progress on educational goals. Erin also led a department of up to 26 teachers and paraprofessionals for the school's special education department to be able to do their best and thrive in their positions.
Erin has spoken at many educational conferences, most recently the Powerful Learners Conference. Erin is passionate about using the opportunities given to her to develop young people. From those different roles, she was able to see what young people needed and more importantly the power behind youth voice.