Erin Stevens '13

Majors: English, Secondary Education

Graduate degree: Master's of Education, Plymouth State University

What do you do for a living?

I am an English teacher and the Independent Projects and Internship Cooridinator in the Hartford School District. 

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

My experience at St. Mike's allowed me to explore two of my deepest my passions: literature and education. I felt my experiences on campus were authentic, practical, and diverse and it is at SMC that I truly realized my passion for American Literature specifically. This newfound love allowed me the opportunity to restructure the American Literature curriculum at my current high school. Overall, my education at SMC has given me the ability to create change and this is the most powerful, unexpected piece I am the most grateful for.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

Critical Theory with Nat Lewis was the most challenging English course I've ever taken and I'm so grateful for it because this was the class where I felt as though things "clicked". I always knew I loved literature but struggled to explain why; Critical Theory helped me articulate the reasons why I re-read books or lose all sense of time while reading. Maura D'Amore's American Literature II was also a top 3 for me as she expanded beyond the typically chosen texts to expose her students to excellent literature we may not have picked up. She also created opportunities I'll never forget such as going to the Shelburne Farms Museum in connection to our class discussions.

How did you translate you volunteer experience at SMC into giving back to your community?

I served as a class advisor for my students in the class of 2017 for 4 years as well as volunteer coaching for the goalies on the boys and girls ice hockey teams at my school since I started working here. Volunteering my time is in my blood and I believe that being at SMC made me recognize the value of serving our communities. I take great pride in my new home here in Hartford and SMC taught me that when you care about something, you give back to it.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Access every resource and opportunity you can. SMC is a place of endless opportunity with people who genuinely care about your success and well being. Be yourself and have a blast. It goes by too fast.

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