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Erin Pierce-Inouye, ESOL Associate

 

Erin Pierce-Inouye
A typical day in my job...

The Multilingual Enrollment and Support Center (MESC) enrolls multilingual families in City Schools. After a year of training and planning, we opened in early September.  Families come to our office, located in Central Office, to meet with bilingual staff, enroll, and  receive any additional resources needed. Over the summer, we had many days where we saw over 50 families a day!  The MESC also helps support the choice and transfer process of English learners already enrolled City Schools.

 

I graduated from… 

I completed my B.A. in Government and International Politics at George Mason University and my M.A. in Teaching at Johns Hopkins.  

I started with City Schools in… 

I started my career here in 2008 after joining BCTR. I moved to Texas a few years later but returned to City Schools in 2012. I've taught grades 2-12, primarily in History and ESOL. 

People would be surprised to learn that...

went swimming with wild pigs in the Exumas while on vacation at an ashram in the Bahamas.  As an avid animal rescue advocate, I also spent time volunteering at the Humane Society while I was there, helping to identify what kind of dogs their local “potcakes” (mixed breed strays) might be. Easily the best vacation I have ever taken.  

If I wasn't doing this job, I would want to...

a lawyer or working for a non-profit.

The most rewarding thing about my job is…

Interacting with families and helping welcome them to Baltimore.  Many of our families have just moved here, so to be able to welcome them to this great city and provide resources for them, is an amazing gift. Families leave knowing they have someone they can trust and reach out to if they need support in the future.  Leaving the classroom to take this position was a challenging decision, but the ability to impact so many more families outside of my classroom walls has proven that was absolutely the right move for me.

The most important thing I’ve learned from a student is…

The importance of building relationships.  I still communicate with students and parents I taught over a decade ago.  Nothing makes me happier than getting prom pictures, graduation, or quince invitations from students I taught years ago. My first class of third graders are now sophomores in college!   One of my favorite activities I did in the classroom was “family breakfast.”  Once a month, we all sat down together and had breakfast. We talked, laughed (and sometimes danced) before starting our day. It was a great way to build community in the classroom. We may not have always seen eye to eye, but when I worked to build relationships with students, they always did their best to meet my expectations. .  

My favorite book is...

The Lorax. I found a way to use it every year I was in the classroom. Great lessons about taking care of the environment and each other.  

What I like most about Baltimore is...

The “Smalltimore” factor. No matter where I go in the city, I run into someone I know. At the farmers market, running errands, or a football game on Sunday, it's always pretty much a guarantee you run into someone you know along the way. I love that I see former students, families, and co-workers all over town.