We caught her before she got away! Ensworth Dean of Student’s Erin Mayne may be leaving us next year for a new position in Ohio, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t made a huge impression while being a Tiger! We wanted to make sure she had the opportunity to talk about her Ensworth experience before she left, so without further hesitation…Erin Mayne!
A: After working as a teacher and head coach, as well as a founder and leader of an organization focused on helping a community undermine the acceptance of underage drinking, I became passionate about making a difference on a larger stage. As I began to pursue opportunities that allowed me to positively impact a community in multiple ways, I became aware of the Dean of Students position at Ensworth and was excited to find an academic institution striving so purposefully to challenge its young people to use their talents to the fullest, to be good citizens, to be people of integrity, and to be contributors to society.
Q: What have been some of your biggest rewards from your time as Dean of Students?
A: My biggest reward in this role has come from working together with faculty, staff, and students “to insure that the life of the school reflects the love of the community.” With others deeply dedicated to the same goal, I have had the privilege of helping develop and implement initiatives designed to nurture relationships between students, cultivate students’ connections to the school, promote student leadership and empowerment, and challenge students to consider and develop a depth of character that enables them to make a difference in the lives of others beyond the Ensworth campus.
Q: Tell the Ensworth community something they don’t already know about you!! Share a fun secret, hobby, anything really.
A: I’m terrible at questions like this. : )
Q: You are also a math teacher at Ensworth. What have been the benefits of being in the classroom as well as being Dean?
A: I have truly valued my time in the classroom while serving as Dean of Students. I have highly regarded that period of time each day that allows me to connect with students on a mathematical level. But more importantly, each year I have deeply appreciated the relationships and rapport built with students in that fun, academic setting in which we tackle difficult ideas together. I have loved my time in the classroom – working with students, helping them learn challenging concepts, and pushing them to grow as individuals.
Q: What is your favorite memory from Ensworth that you will take with you?
A: When I look back on my time at Ensworth, I will be grateful for the opportunity to work with students on a variety of endeavors that have made a positive impact on the culture of EHS. From the intense competitions of Spirit Week and the creative efforts to decorate the Dining Hall during Homecoming, to the cultural development of the PCL Program, Project TALK’s deep commitment to facilitating difficult conversations and the connection of new EHS students to their mentors through the Mentoring Program, to even some of the difficult disciplinary cases – it will be my relationships forged with students through this wide range of endeavors and our efforts together to both create and implement initiatives and traditions that help our community thrive and help our young people grow in their depth of character that I will deeply cherish and value.
Q: It you could give one piece of advice to the Senior class, what would it be?
A: Find your passion. Dream big. Work hard. Be yourself. Invest in relationships and establish true friendships. Live by a Code of Ethics. Trust that times of trial will give you qualities of strength and endurance and perseverance. And fight every day to make a positive difference in the world around you.
Best of luck Erin in your future endeavors! You will be greatly missed.