Bouton, Erin

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Assistant Director of Admissions

B.S. Florida St. University

I began my teaching career in Florida in 2001 and left my home to come teach at Dublin in August 2006. It did not take me long to fall in love with New England, all its beauty, and the four seasons. I have fully embraced the boarding school life and enjoy the opportunity to be a dorm parent. After 10 years in a history classroom at Dublin I am taking a leap and joining the Admissions Office. This new challenge is just one example of how Dublin has changed me. I will miss the Harkness table in my classroom, and I will certainly treasure all the teachable moments that I have experienced there. My new role will allow me to spread the word and tell families how special Dublin truly is and to find students who will contribute to our campus's positive energy. I can't wait to hit the road this fall.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Joan Barrentine and Shelley Reed were my high school English and American History teachers, and they have certainly shaped the kind of teacher I am today. Joan's passion for innovative teaching up until the day she retired after 42 years in the classroom has shown me to always seek new ways to inspire my own students. Shelley shared her love and enthusiasm for literature during the academic day and listened to my teenage trials and tribulations. She taught me many important life lessons after the bell rang at 2:50. I am grateful for these two phenomenal women who have not only mentored me through the years; they have become my dear friends.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Giving, outgoing, organized

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course in college was one that covered presidential campaigns prior to 1850. It was taught by a beloved professor who had a sense of humor. I really enjoyed learning about campaign tactics used in the early days of this nation. So much has changed in terms of how candidates campaign and the role of the media, but some things have stayed the same.

I am most happy when...  I'm surrounded by positive people or when I can make someone smile.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Running around Dublin Lake with a friend.