Partnering for Education
Thanks to those who attended our 7th annual Partnering for Education Lunch.
For those who were not able to join us you can hear from both our remarkable students representing Irondale and Mounds View High Schools as well as our keynote speaker Erin McGillivray, Mounds View alum in the video on this page.
Erin McGillivray, a 1998 graduate of Mounds View High School, will be the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Partnering for Education Luncheon in April. McGillivray has spent a majority of her career working with mission-based service organizations, including 13 years with the U. S. Peace Corps- initially as a Health Extension Volunteer in Kenya where she trained teachers in HIV/AIDS education, worked with AIDS orphans, and mentored teenage girls.
In her career with the Peace Corps, McGillivray has served as a field-based and regional recruiter, campus representative, trainer, and now in a national position as Senior Placement Officer. She initiated a satellite Peace Corps Center at the University of Minnesota and piloted in-field training programs, including the education of host country national staff in Africa. She has achieved the award for Sustained Superior Performance three times.
In addition to work with the Peace Corps, McGillivray has worked as campaign manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; a volunteer engagement specialist for Global Citizens Network; and on a non-profit board advocating for orphaned girls in Africa.
McGillivray attributes much of the readiness and passion for her work to her years in Mounds View Schools. She served on the Student Council as a 5th grader at Island Lake School; then, at Mounds View High School, as Junior Class President and Co-President of Student Council her senior year. She credits these opportunities with developing skills relevant to her career, particularly service and leadership. She was awarded the Principal’s Award at high school graduation- an award presented to one student whom the principal identifies as representing the qualities that the high school wishes to develop.
Many of the leadership and volunteer experiences that McGillivray participated in during her school years, she believes led to development of qualities that have guided her adult life. These include a pioneering spirit, curiosity about cultures, community-mindedness, and mission-driven values. Her experience with Student Council also involved design and implementation of entrepreneurial initiatives which contributed to her seeing the need for and developing innovative programs for the Peace Corps.
McGillivray was influenced by numerous teachers and cites two who provided especially valuable support and encouragement: Mike Coty, a language arts teacher and advisor for the student council and Mike Cartwright, a physics teacher from whom she learned to pursue challenges and not quit.
In McGillivray’s own words: “All of the positive relationships with teachers, advisors, coaches, and others, woven together throughout my years as a student, helped me to gain confidence, stretch beyond my comfort zone, and not be paralyzed by the potential of failure.” This is what she believes led her to make life choices and to forge her own path- a path that has resulted in a career of benevolence and visionary service.