Born and raised in Washington, DC, Erica also lived in Brussels, Paris, and Massachusetts before coming to New York in 2005. Salutatorian of her high school class, she graduated a year early from Smith College, with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During her time at Smith, Erica threw herself into her French major and spent her junior year in Paris, earning the Ruth Alpern Leipzig award while there. In her senior year, she was awarded two additional grants to conduct research in Belgium for her honor thesis project.
Erica has worked at both the American Embassy in Paris and the French consulate in New York, but is currently a PhD student in French at NYU, where she beginning her thesis work on Belgian literature in French. What she has enjoyed the most during her time at NYU, however, has been teaching elementary and intermediate-level French to undergraduates, organizing the French department's "Ciné-club" and helping at French conversation gatherings. She is always glad to share some of her love of the language and considers teaching her vocation, above all else.
Outside of her studies and tutoring, Erica enjoys crocheting for 'Blankets of Love,' improving her Italian, baking and sharing her baked goods, and rooting for Olympique de Marseille.