November 21, 2012
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Erin Sloane

Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local educator, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick.

QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher?

ANSWER: My mother was an art teacher for 34 years. She worked incredibly hard, went above and beyond all expectations and loved her job and her students very much.

QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching?

ANSWER: Demand the very best from each student and never tell them it’s good enough … until it is.

QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what?

ANSWER: Sometimes I’m in the garden, or maybe canning. I could be found riding my bike to my yoga class or at basketball practice with my son. I might be at a zoo workshop with my daughter or at home making mozzarella with my husband. In the summer time we could all be out west backpacking the Rockies. I sure would like to be in my studio painting more often.

QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students?

ANSWER: I was robbed twice in a twenty-four hour period in the former Yugoslavia. I’ve fought a possum… and won. I was knocked over on Madison Avenue by Leslie Neilsen (male lead in “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” series) and he didn’t say anything funny. I’m not sure anything about me would surprise my students.


SCHOOL: Mars High School/Mars Elementary School

GRADE: elementary, as well as 10-12, intermediate art, advanced art, digital photo, art club

EXPERIENCE: 18 years

HOMETOWN: McCandless

RESIDENCE: Saxonburg

FAMILY: Married, 2 children, 2 dogs, 3 chickens and some fish