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.

 

 

Contributing Authors and Amazing Parents...

 

Jamie Kirschner, a passionate educator and a dedicated mom to a teenage daughter, started her career in education in 1998. After receiving a B.A. in Special Education from The University of Florida, she began teaching within a K-5 environment in self-contained classrooms and co-teach classrooms.

Inspired to travel, she moved to London, England where she was hired by a private school to train general education teachers on strategies and interventions for students with disabilities. After tons of adventure, she returned to the U.S. in 2002. As a model teacher, she was honored to receive The Golden Apple Award in 2004, and completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University allowing her the ability to pursue her dream of becoming an elementary school principal.

After three years of being principal at an amazing arts magnet school, in 2009. She decided to take time to rededicate her life to family and health, by learning how to live a quality life despite the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.  This sabbatical allowed her the opportunity to reflect on her passion and commitment to connect with teenagers, the community and non-profit organizations.

Currently, serving in her sixth year as assistant principal at Fort Myers High School, she directs multiple mentor programs, to include a self-created, innovative, schoolwide mentor program for 2,000 students and 108 faculty members. In her role, she has designed and implemented a used clothes boutique for needy students which she hopes will be replicated in schools across the US. She orchestrates multiple community service projects and assist in managing more than 14,000 hours of service per year at FMHS. She volunteers as a coordinator for the Wellfit Girls Non-Profit organization, volunteers at Next Level Church, serves food for Blankets and Blessings, direct The Beyond School Walls Program at FMHS and serves on the Board of Directors for The Youth Collective Leadership.

The bottom line… Ms. Kirshcner love teenagers, especially the one-on-one moments with current and former students to support and mentor them through the toughest moments in life. She is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. Her goal is to build relationships within the community by coaching parents, educators and business leaders on how to connect with our future generation.