Erin Filner grew up in San Diego, California. She graduated Columbia University cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in education, and an M.A. in Art History. With a strong belief in the necessity of good public education, she began her teaching career at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx. Two years later, she moved on to Fox Lane Middle School in Bedford, New York. Erin has won various teaching awards including the 2002 Westchester Council for the Social Studies "Outstanding Middle School Social Studies Teacher" and most recently the WHUD "Teacher of the Month" in February, 2011.
Ms. Filner worked with a team to bring a comprehensive Building Community program to the Bedford school district, and led the committees to expand the program in the following years. She created C.A.T.C.H. -- Conversations About Tolerance Civility and Humanity, a discussion program for kids. With a passion for social justice, Erin also helped students create Pride in Purple, a group that works to promote pride and harmony within the school community regardless of sexual orientation.