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Hi I'm Erika.

I am an international disaster psychologist in training. I am a teacher. I am always up for an adventure.

About Me

I love adventures. I love the anticipation of what is coming around the next bend while hiking on a mountain trail. I love the thrill of being nestled in a tent while thunder crashes and lightening flashes all around. But more often than not, the greatest adventures have come when working with amazing people from across the world. My journey as a young professional began when I was accepted into the Teach For America program. I spent five years as teacher at an inner-city school located in a neighborhood known for its high crime and low income. I loved the adventure of helping students understand that with a little bit of effort, they can achieve. I loved finding creative ways to get the students to see past the enticements of gang activity, and focus on leaving the classroom with increased confidence in themselves and a plan for their future. I recently felt that my Heavenly Father was guiding me to take the invaluable lessons I learned from my students and apply them in new settings. I have recently begun a new adventure by going back to school to earn a Master's degree in International Disaster Psychology. I love the opportunity this program gives me to meet some of Heavenly Father's most precious children from around the world by working in local and international capacities to help each person find peace in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the peace that comes through perspective. It is so easy to get trapped in the minutia of life. There are always deadlines to be met, errands to be run, and laundry to be folded. Even though each of these tasks may be important, I love knowing that there is a bigger picture in life than just getting through the daily to-do list. I know that Heavenly Father has a purpose for me. I have been given this time on Earth to prepare myself to live with Him again. When I remember to focus on the most important things in life like serving others and spending time with my family, I feel peace in knowing that God has a plan for each of us that can bring us happiness in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following Christ's example of living a life of service. I have learned through various experiences that it is the simple things that often make a big difference. Small acts such as going to my students' football game or helping a new refugee locate a grocery store have made an impact beyond what I could have ever expected. I also love serving in my church as a teacher for our women's organization. It is a great experience to get to learn from each other ways to improve ourselves, reach out to those around us, and strengthen our personal relationship with God.