Erin C. Gustafson

Erin designed the initial training and facilitation of Inquiry Partners’ virtual coaching and in-person demonstrations. You will see her appear in our videos demonstrating some of the inquiry moves.

Erin’s background is in teaching, education policy and qualitative research. As a fifth grade teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, Erin was acknowledged for receiving the highest growth rating of all fifth grade classrooms in the district. She got her start in education through World Teach and the Harvard Institute for International Studies, teaching in a low-income rural public school in Finca Once, Costa Rica. After teaching for several years, Erin joined Teachers United as Director of Policy to lead their statewide policy research, review and advocacy work. She’s testified in front of legislative committees on bills relating to major initiatives including teacher evaluations, teacher preparation, professional development and alternative school models.

Erin is a current Lecturer at the University of Washington’s College of Education Masters in Education Policy Program, where she teaches the Applied Qualitative Methods course. Dedicated to "fixing things" big and small, she and her sister started a home remodeling firm in Seattle, The Fixit Sisters.

Erin is active in her alma mater (Pomona College), where she earned a BA in English Literature. She has a teaching credential from Chapman University.