Erin Ott

Erin Ott

Erin Ott

English Faculty



B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., Hofstra University

Erin joins Walker’s English Department as a fall semester substitute teacher for English faculty department chair Megan Mulhern. She is an adjunct professor of English at Hartford’s Capital Community College and a writing instructor at Goodwin University. Erin has worked extensively with students on composition and literature, and she has assisted students with honing their skills to write at the college level. Erin holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University.

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?

The warm and welcoming community.

Who is your biggest female role model? Why?

Amelia Earhart. I named my daughter after her! She is a role model because she didn’t let others tell her how to be a woman, and she didn’t listen when everyone said she couldn’t do what she knew she could.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?

Actually, French! French is a beautiful language and I loved the possibilities that learning another language opened up to me. I knew I wanted to travel, and this was one way to do it. I know everyone expects me to say English, but I didn’t love the books we were assigned in school and I resented having to take time away from my own reading to read what other people told me to.

What is your favorite part of the subject(s) you teach now?

Helping students to understand the beauty and joy of words and the power that words hold, and that they (the students) have access to that power.

If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?

Pursue your interests and take risks. Talk to your teachers and share your ideas.

What advice would you give to a graduating Walker’s senior?

Keep in touch! Stay grounded and remember that you can do hard things.