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Natalie Erickson - 5th grade Language Arts Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, December 2013
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.

Substitute Teacher:
Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, CO (1st-5th grade)
Archuleta School District. Pagosa Springs, CO (K-6 grade)

Teach Abroad Experience:
Lautoka, Fiji, Summer 2014

Other Teacher/Mentor Related Experiences:
Camp Counselor at Sonlight Christian Camp, Summer 2015
Lead high school aged students at Church in small group discussion looking closer into reading passages, Pagosa Springs, CO, 2015
Resident Assistant in Canyon Hall, Grand Canyon University, 2012
Inform large amounts of students about nursing program as a Jr. Admissions Counselor, Grand Canyon University, 2013
Elementary Tutor, Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 2008-2010

Ms. Erickson grew up in this small town of Pagosa and graduated from Pagosa Springs High School. In her spare time she really enjoys being outdoors - in any capacity - whether that’s snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, running, playing soccer, or adventuring. Ms. Erickson feels that Pagosa really is the best place to participate in the love of the outdoors. Growing up in a small town, she quickly discovered that smiles are contagious, and that you can make someone a little happier just by showing some teeth. Through the years she has discovered that a lot of that joy stemmed from interactions with our youth. Ms. Erickson gets a kick out of watching their young minds at work and seeing them make the connections in whatever they are doing. This, among other reasons is why she decided to pursue a career in Education. Ms. Erickson thinks when it comes to teaching, the biggest thing that makes a difference is genuinely caring for the students. Not just focusing on a letter or level connected to that student, but seeing them as capable to learn and providing the means to get there. Believing in students and challenging them to do their best develops that love of learning deeper.