Ask A Mom was created for parents by an industry leader in education and successful mother of three.

Dr. Erin Harrel is a leader in her local Southwest Florida community, as well as in the higher education industry. Dr. Harrel served as the  Dean of th

e School of Education at Florida SouthWestern State College for many years prior to starting JRM Consulting. Dr. Harrel took great pride in leading an innovative and professionally diverse faculty and staff that ensured graduates from the School of Education were placed and retained in school districts in Florida and across the United States.  Dr. Harrel has published more than 80 articles related to parenting and education. Many of the articles can be found on our site under the publications tab.  She has served a keynote speaker, been seen on local tv channels and conducted parenting professional development for many years.

Dr. Harrel’s commitment to educational excellence spans beyond the five county districts that she has worked with for the last fifteen years. She served as President Elect of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She has also served as a Lead Reviewer for the Florida Department of Education Program Approval process for Florida Universities and State Colleges, and received appointment from the Florida Commissioner of Education to the Florida Department of Education Program Approval Board beginning July 2011 to July 2016. Additionally, she was appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Education to the Teacher and Leader Preparation Implementation Committee.  This committee is part of a national reform effort charged with rewriting the Leadership Standards and Program Approval for Teacher Preparation in the State of Florida.  Dr. Harrel has led more than 100 reviews of college and university teacher preparation programs both nationally and internationally with the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

Her most notable achievement is parenting three wonderful children.  An amazing and active mother of three, she makes sure to participate in the School Advisory Council for each of her children’s schools and attends the numerous cheer, lacrosse, and volleyball events that take place throughout the year.  Her sense of humor and experience as a middle and high school teacher assisted her in navigating the teen and tween years for each of her three children.