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Hello! My name is Erin Staebler, and I am your child's social studies teacher this year. When I first graduated from Miami University in 2001, I had a major in marketing and a minor in economics. I sold disability insurance for a total of three years. After abandoning my fear of "being a quitter", I realized that I was much better suited in a career that fosters growth, collaboration, and gives back to the community. After leaving my career in insurance, I completed my Masters in Education in Middle Childhood in 2005. I was fortunate to be hired at New Albany Middle School where I completed my student teaching.
This is my 12th year of teaching, and it is a joy for me to come to school each day! I taught 6th grade social studies for 9 years, and this is my third year teaching 7th grade. I feel fortunate to be working with middle school students who never fail to surprise me with their energy and perspectives. New Albany provides so many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and I am glad to take advantage of so many of them. I love trying out new, creative, researched based educational strategies to engage and challenge students. It brings me so much joy to see students questioning, analyzing, and engaging with the curriculum that has such a pointed and lasting impact on our modern world. As an educator of history, I am constantly asking the question, "How does this relate to our lives now?" and "What can we learn from this past event?" Students will be challenged to answer these questions, for as George Santayana stated, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I enjoy working with parents to help their children achieve all that they can as young people.
In addition to the classroom, I have lead student service learning tours to Peru (2015) and Nicaragua (2016.) I will be returning to Peru this summer (2018) for a customized service learning tour of Peru including tours of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon. Taking students on these international service learning tours has breathed incredible life into my career. To witness first hand students taking in the beauty of these countries while experiencing life in a developing nation has expanded my heart. Like me, students have returned with a greater sense of compassion and understanding after working alongside community members in a community-driven, sustainable service project. I am looking forward to taking students to Tanzania with Mrs. May in the summer of 2019.
In my personal life, I am married (Mike) with two children Claire (9) and Graham (6.) I have a long-haired chihuahua named Buster. I love spending time with friends and family. My passions include: reading, traveling, practicing yoga and Spanish and outdoor play.