District Coordinator Spotlight – Erin Mohr
This week we are proud to introduce our newest coordinator from Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Erin Mohr is the High Ability Coordinator for the district, as well as the Oasis facilitator! Below are her comments.
“Did you know that no matter who is in the classroom or what they are doing, year after year kids react the same way to the first snowflakes? They dash to the window. They climb over one another to get a good view. They cheer and smile. They talk about how soon they can make a snowman. Every. Single. Year.
The first day that snow falls is the reason I became a teacher. When I was a freshman at Indiana University, I was walking out of the business school (my original major) one day and noticed the first snow of the year. I looked around for my excitement to be reflected in the reactions of others…and it wasn’t there. I decided then and there that I was not among “my people” and decided to spend my life among children by becoming a teacher! It was truly one of those small moments in life that changed everything for me. I am grateful that each winter offers me the chance to remember why I do what I do. I imagine that this special feeling of spending time with children is what brings many of our Oasis tutors to this work!
I began my teaching career at the age of 21 and taught for 15 years at Fishers Elementary in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Afterwards, I became an instructional coach, supporting teachers to provide authentic, meaningful learning experiences. I now serve as High Ability Coordinator for HSE Schools and also have the opportunity to work with our Oasis tutors and talk about great books and a mutual joy of sharing the love of reading with children! My favorite books include Harry Potter for older kids and Elephant and Piggie for the younger ones!
I have been married to my husband Hank for 16 years, and we have three active little girls! Julianne is 11, Kayleigh is 9, and Charlie is 6. During this time at home, Hank and I have both been very busy with our jobs and supporting virtual learning with all three of our kids. We also added a new puppy to the mix! We now have two golden retrievers; Scarlett and Griswold. As a family, we love water – boating, beach vacations, and we just put in a swimming pool last year! I love golf, reading, and being around kids!”