Erin Sterling

Summary of Qualifications / Work Experience / Community Involvement / Education

Summary of Qualifications

Washington State K-8 teaching certificate with successful completion of the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). Master’s in library and information science with a library media endorsement. Work experience in nonprofits focusing on literacy, academic community engagement, and community-driven Central American library start-ups. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with concentration in Educational Studies from one of the nation’s top 10 liberal arts colleges.  Advanced ability to read, write, and converse in Spanish.  Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Expression Web, HTML, and XML.

Work Experience

Student Teacher Intern at John Muir Elementary School, Seattle, WA; Jan 2012 – April 2012

  • Taught in a diverse fifth-grade classroom at a Title I elementary school with an emphasis on literacy and math basics.
  • Produced and executed daily differentiated lesson plans with necessary accommodations and modifications that incorporated Everyday Math curriculum with a math workshop model, guided reading groups, a Storypath Social Studies unit, a science unit on Microworlds, and a research project on a hero of students’ choice
  • Attended all staff and teacher team meetings, professional growth trainings, and collaborated with teachers

Program Director and Co-Founder of Literacy Laboratory, Seattle, WA; Orlando, FL; June 2011 – present

  • Present engaging literacy programs and provide books to children and families in underserved communities
  • Gave away 2000 books to 2000 children and performed literacy programs for 15-300 children at a time across 12 states from Seattle, WA to Orlando, FL in the fall of 2011

Graduate Assistant, Grants Office, Antioch University October 2010 – August 2011

  • Assisted the Grants Office with prospect research, meeting minutes, and editing help

Graduate Student Assistant for the Cleary Professor, University of Washington June 2009 – August 2010

  • Supported Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services with conference planning, Notable Book committee duties, document editing, grading of Laura Bush Foundation grant applications, and research

Directed Fieldwork Intern, Seattle Public Library Teen Services, Seattle, WA Mar. 2010 – June 2010

  • Developed teen booklists in horror, realistic fiction, and humor and assist with readers’ advisory at teen services desk
  • Shadowed children services, teen services, and adult services reference desks at branches of Seattle Public Library

Directed Fieldwork Intern, John Stanford International School Library, Seattle, WA, Jan. 2010 – Mar. 2010

Graduate Student Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,  Sept. 2008 – June 2009

  • Supported faculty and staff with website creation, document editing, research, and other administrative tasks

Spanish Instructor/General Assistant, Woodinville Montessori School, Woodinville, WA,  Sept. 2007 – Aug. 2008

  • Taught and planned Montessori-appropriate Spanish curriculum to students ages 3-6 and 6-9
  • Collaborated with faculty and administrators to provide administrative support and substitute taught as necessary

Coordinator of Libraries, Opportunity International, Granada, Nicaragua, Oct. 2006 – June 2007

  • Coordinated with communities in low-income areas of Nicaragua interested in creating and owning a library
  • Developed policy for a Network of Community-Owned Libraries in Nicaragua
  • Established successful collaborations with organizations/individuals to obtain 500+ books for 2 libraries in 4 months
  • Organized budget records and entered data into a financial database system
  • Trained the Community Library Board in developing appropriate rules, policies, and book lending practices

Team Leader and Tutor, La Esperanza Granada

Granada, Nicaragua Sept. 2006 – Jan. 2007

  • Supervised 10 volunteer tutors; tutored 15 Nicaraguan students in mathematics and reading
  • Developed mathematics and reading assessment in Spanish for Nicaraguan first-grade students

Educational Associate, Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota,  August 2005 – June 2006

  • Supervised ten ACT student coordinators and 500+ volunteers in on-going community service programs
  • Coordinated special events involving 10-1800 people, such as student volunteer fairs, panel on affordable housing issues with the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Northfield Community Volunteer Festival, ACT Staff retreat, Civic Engagement Series, Cuts for Cancer, and Into the Streets, a community service initiative for 500 incoming students at 35 volunteer sites
  • Collaborated with faculty to develop academic civic engagement classes
  • Organized records, conducted meetings, set goals, facilitated discussion, and resolved conflicts

Community Involvement

Homework Help Volunteer, Northgate Branch of Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA, Sept. 2009-present

  • Tutor K-12 students on a weekly drop-in basis in math and reading

Story Time Reader, Page Ahead, Seattle, WA, Oct. 2009 – present

  • Read stories, engage students in songs and fingerplays, and lead simple craft activities with a Head Start preschool in the International District weekly

On Campus iSchool Liaison, CAYAS, Seattle, WA, June 2009 – August 2010

  • Participate in the Children and Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Washington Library Association
  • Plan, participate, and recruit participants for Booktalking the Best conference session at the WLA conference

Reviewer for Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Books, Seattle, WA, Oct. 2008 – August 2011

  • Review 8-10 children’s books every month and orally booktalk reviews at a monthly meeting

Co-President, iYouth Student Group, Seattle, WA, Sept. 2008 – June 2010

  • Support professional development for youth services librarians through events, workshops, and a monthly book club
  • Coordinated a conference for 120 students and professional public and school librarians

Co-chair for Northfield Community Volunteer Festival committee, Northfield, MN Nov. 2005 – Feb. 2006

  • Directed meetings and organized logistics of volunteer festival for more than 35 local non-profit agencies

Youth Group Leader for 7th and 8th grade students, UCC, Northfield, MN, Sept. 2005 – June 2006

  • Designed and implemented church lesson plans for 7th and 8th grade students

Program Director, College Buddies, Acting in the Community Together, Northfield, MN .            Sept. 2001 – June 2005

  • Coordinated activities for a group of college students and adults with developmental disabilities, including bowling parties, movie nights, and holiday-themed parties
  • Mentored two women with developmental disabilities for four to six hours a week

Program Director, Adult ESL Conversation, Carleton College, Northfield, MN                           Sept. 2002 – Sept. 2005

  • Supervised volunteers, designed lesson plans, and taught weekly conversation classes for adults learning English as a second language

Service Trip Leader for incoming students, Carleton College, Northfield, MN                               Sept. 2002, Sept. 2004

Led 20 students in service projects in the Twin Cities and facilitated group discussions for five days in 2002 and 2004


Antioch University, Seattle, WA

K-8 Graduate Teacher Certification, April 2012

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Master in Library and Information Science with Washington State library media endorsement, awarded June 2010

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, Psychology major and Educational Studies minor, awarded June 2005

  • Second Century Student Award for significant service, 2005
  • Maitland-Will Prize for activity in one’s community, 2003