“It’s a place where people want to come to work; you work a majority of your life and you have to enjoy what you’re doing, and I feel like that’s what I’m doing here.” After graduating from Lewis with a Bachelor’s degree in math and psychology, Erica had always hoped to come back and teach here one day. A former preschool teacher, Erica has taught students of all ages but prefers teaching at the college level.
As an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, she enjoys giving her students ideas, methods, and strategies that they can incorporate into their own classrooms. Erica states, “I feel like at the college level, I have more of a chance to have an impact on what education looks like at the elementary school level because I’m teaching future teachers.”
Erica taught at Joliet Junior College for many years, but had her sight set on teaching at Lewis. She was drawn to the family-like culture and small class sizes because it provided her the opportunity to get to know her students at a personal level. She mentions, “I feel like here, it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality; it’s more about the quality of the education and the quality of the courses and the teaching.”
She was pleasantly surprised that people at Lewis University treat each other with a Lasallian approach and are always willing to offer assistance. She feels a strong connection to the Lewis community and enjoys working as a team with her department. Erica explains, “You just feel like the people here are part of your extended family.”
Erica looks forward to the annual Faculty Recognition dinner, which showcases the research, publications, and other accomplishments that faculty members have achieved throughout the year. She feels that it is “so remarkable that Lewis has such a respect for its faculty.”
One of her favorite parts about working at Lewis is seeing her old professors around campus. She loves seeing that her former professors still work at Lewis and she enjoys interacting with them as her colleagues now. “That means that Lewis is a good place to be and people want to stay here...that speaks volumes to me,” Erica says.