Ep. 31: Erin, Clinical Learning Specialist

Erin was born and raised in South Dakota.  She moved to Colorado in August of 2010. She is an experienced learning specialist, who was recognized in 2013 for Exemplary Performance, and 2015 for Teamwork while working in Jefferson County School District. In 2017, she was nominated for Certified Educator of the Year in Adams 12 Five Star School District.  Erin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2010. She received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Writing from University of Colorado Denver in 2016.

Erin has advanced training to provide specialized academic interventions and services for children with a variety of learning abilities. She has a Colorado Professional Teaching License in Elementary Education (K-6), Early Childhood Education (0-8), Early Childhood Special Education (0-8), Special Education (K-12), and Reading Teacher (K-12).

Erin taught as an early childhood special education teacher, providing intervention services to preschool students in Jefferson County School District. However, the majority of Erin’s special education experience included her time teaching elementary students with mild to moderate disabilities in Title 1 schools, within Jefferson County Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star School district.  

In the summer of 2017, she began the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program through Colorado Literacy & Learning Center. It is her passion to provide quality pediatric patient care and ensure individuals have the tools and resources they need to be successful in their next stages of their education. She also enjoys playing outside, hiking, reading and spending time with her family and red lab.

What We Cover:

  • How a conversation with her therapist led to Erin reflecting on what she was identifying the ‘must haves’ in her work life.
  • Erin knew she wanted to work with kids but was feeling like she had hit a ceiling in the public school setting.
  • Erin started cold calling and reaching out to women who were in fields she had an interest in.
  • Erin realized the part she was missing in her current role was a work-life balance and as a life-long learner, she wanted a new job where she could learn something new in an entirely new field focused on kiddos.
  • After conducting dozens and dozens of informational interviews Erin found herself focused on a specific employer who she felt would fulfill those pieces she was missing in her career.
  • Erin wanted to be a part of this hospital and even though she had been rejected from five jobs with them she learned what the employer was looking for, kept building relationships with their team members, and she spent time developing skills before she landed in her current role.
  • We dive into the emotional side of career transitions, the guilt of leaving, the identity crisis that can arise in your new role, and adjusting to a new work environment.
  • Final words of wisdom:  keep putting one foot in front of the other and believe that you belong where you want to go.
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Connect with Erin...


Instagram: @eaustinco

LinkedIn: Erin Austin

Kelsie Brunick