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Erin Rose

Elementary Teacher

“They’re not just playing in nature, they are: Learning, creating, sensing, believing, relaxing, exploring, observing, wondering, connecting, discovering, appreciating, understanding, experimenting…”

Penny Whitehouse

Biography

Erin grew up in the small town of Corunna, along the St. Clair River in Southern Ontario, where she enjoyed the gift of unstructured play and the freedom to explore the outdoors in all four seasons!


After graduating from high school, Erin moved to Windsor, Ontario, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women and Gender Studies. While attending University in Windsor, Erin became heavily involved in advocacy and volunteer work. Erin was committed to the Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring program and worked as a camp counselor during the summers.


With her heart set on becoming a teacher, she applied to the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. It was here that Erin learned of the Reggio Emilia approach to education and outdoor classrooms. Erin realized she could combine her love for the outdoors with her passion for teaching.


While studying for her Bachelor of Education, Erin became involved in the Indigenous community during her time at the University. She volunteered her time on reserves and attending ceremonies, and learning as much as she could about Indigenous ways of living. This experience provided Erin with an understanding of her Indigenous student's lifestyles and how to be inclusive within her teaching.


After Erin graduated, she moved to an isolated town in Northern Saskatchewan. The small community of La Ronge became her home for two years, where she taught grade 2 at a community school. While working in La Ronge, Erin fell in love with the sound of the loons, snowshoeing, and hiking. She became used to the -40 degree weather and became involved in extra-curricular activities at the school. Being two and a half hours away from the closest Tim Hortons was a significant change for Erin, but one she considers the adventure of a lifetime!


Erin learned so much from her students and experienced many "ah-ha!" moments that became essential life lessons that inspired her. Erin believes the forest is the perfect place for children to learn and develop a deep appreciation for nature!


Erin has embraced the East Coast lifestyle and enjoys exploring all that New Brunswick has to offer. She also enjoys yoga, swimming, and scrapbooking in her free time.

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Windsor

  • Bachelor of Education – University of Windsor

  • Certification - Yoga and Mindfulness For You and Your Classroom