268: Interview with Erica Harrell

Tune in and listen as Erica Harrell shares about her experience and knowledge with creating effective Professional Development opportunities for educators. You’ll be inspired as Erica shares her challenges and wins along her education journey.


*All quotables are from the interviewee 

  • When you are the expert…it’s often hard to make the information digestible for others because you want to give so much. 
  • Facilitators who really hit the nail on the head, get to know their learners. 
  • When you can be willing and transparent to show all the data, that’s when growth happens. 
  • As a PD facilitator there is a time to be the GPS and a time to be the map.

About Erica:

Erica Harrell is the CEO of Erica Harrell Consulting, an education consulting firm created to help dedicated educators create strategic professional development plans to increase student achievement and improve staff capacity. Erica has over 12 years of experience in K-8 education. She began her career as a special education teacher and has held multiple leadership roles from instructional coach to principal to Director of Leadership Development. In all of her roles, Erica has always had the desire to grow and help others do the same. As a school leader, Erica has led teams to develop strategic and comprehensive project plans for multi-day and multi-week professional development series and coached leaders to ensure high-quality session facilitation. Under her leadership, a team of school-based leaders facilitated 4-week summer professional development with an average of over 90% of participants rating sessions and operations as “Platinum” (highest rating on 5-point Likert scale) multiple years in a row. Erica is originally from Upstate New York. She attended University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad. She holds a MEd in Instructional Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. Erica currently lives in Maryland with her husband and one year old son.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.