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Erin McWhirter – Social Studies Teacher and Volleyball/Basketball Coach at Crest High

posted May 15, 2017, 2:28 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I am a product of Cleveland County Schools. I went to Boiling Springs and Springmore Elementary schools, as well as Crest Middle and Crest High (Class of 2008). This is my 4th year teaching in Cleveland County. I began at Crest Middle School teaching 8th grade language arts and social studies. I then taught 9th grade English for a year. During my third year, I taught Civics and Economics, and I am currently teaching World History and American History to high school freshmen and juniors at Crest High.

My parents are Alan and Lena McWhirter. My dad is the Finance Manager for Cleveland County YMCA and my mom owns her own cleaning service. I have one sister, Kendyl, who is a Physical Education Teacher in Guilford County Schools. My boyfriend, John, works at FMC Lithium. My grandparents, Carl and Carolyn McWhirter, were both teachers at Kings Mountain High Schools. 

I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow with a degree in History Secondary Education. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I work at one of the best schools in the state! Crest High School truly is an amazing place. My coworkers are like family. I get to work with an incredible student body who is constantly keeping me laughing and pushing me to innovate in the classroom. My students are creative, inspiring, and bring so much joy to my life. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Thomas Edison famously said that "genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." No matter where you came from, who your parents are, what you look like, or your history, working hard will ALWAYS get you far in life. It's all about your attitude! My students know McWhirter's classroom motto of "peace, love, and positivity." If you show those 3 things, you're going to be alright. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Cleveland County Schools has helped mold me into the person I am today. I credit my decision to become a teacher to the inspiration I received at Crest High School as a student. CCS also took a chance on me and has given me the opportunity to work with wonderful young people on a daily basis.