My name is Erin Flathers and I am very happy to be teaching 5th grade at Orion! I am originally from the high desert of eastern Oregon, where I happily spent my childhood swimming at the local pool and playing make-believe games with my younger siblings. I attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota for my undergraduate studies and majored in art history with a concentration in Spanish language and literature.
Following college, I spent two years as an AmeriCorps member working in the Minneapolis Public Schools. During this time, I discovered my passion for teaching while leading after-school enrichment classes and tutoring elementary and middle school students in language arts and math. In 2012, I moved to the Bay Area and began my path to becoming an elementary teacher. I graduated in May 2015 with a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Multiple Subject Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), a two-year teacher residency program affiliated with the University of the Pacific. During my graduate studies, I worked as an associate teacher at The Carey School in San Mateo, teaching in both the 3rd and 4th grades. Then, I spent a year teaching 2nd grade in my own classroom in Los Altos. Prior to joining the community at Orion, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach English at a middle school in Torino, Italy.
My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love getting to know the unique talents and interests of each student and supporting them to grow personally and academically. I believe in a student-centered approach to education and I strive to create a classroom where students feel safe, respected, and valued.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being outside in nature, spending time with my family, reading fantasy novels, and discovering new hobbies. I especially love being near the ocean, so you can find me at the beach at least once a week!