Erin Houlihan

Violet Glen staff - Erin Houlihan

Who am I…

When I was little I wanted to be a train, a rock, or a grandma.  I went to college to become an Occupational Therapist and I have now been a teacher and simultaneously, a perpetual student, for 20 some years.  I do teach the children some specific skills, but mostly I help guide them on their journey of growing and discovery of themselves and the world around them.  I truly love working with children and am grateful for how they are always challenging me to be a better human.  

I am an outdoors woman who feels a bit more comfortable with woods work over housework.  I feel it is my calling to work outside with children immersed in the wonders of our natural world.  I am also a mother, a daughter, a sister, a partner, a friend, and a caretaker of critters and plants.  My two daughters have been my greatest teachers so far.  

I am passionate about education, community, and artistic expression.  I feel challenges are important and make a point to step out of my comfort zone now and again to keep myself feeling fully alive and humble.  Most recently I have discovered the joys of cold water swimming.  

I hope to grow into a supportive, helpful Elder in whatever community I am involved and always in search of where I can be of best use.