Erica Borthwick is a Pennsylvania native, having grown up in the Lehigh Valley and attending Emmaus High School. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and holds Pennsylvania teaching certificates for PreKindergarten through 4th grades.
Prior to joining the Grayson faculty, Miss Borthwick was a Kindergarten teacher in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her inclusive classroom’s students with various disabilities required close collaboration with specialists in learning support, speech and language pathology, and occupational therapy. These experiences with students whose learning profiles and abilities varied so widely led her to develop strengths in differentiation which have been invaluable to her as a springboard for her work with us and especially useful in preparing her to work with students with twice-exceptionalities.
Miss Borthwick loves working with gifted students, in particular, because she has a great appreciation for their extraordinary potential and relishes the challenge of differentiating for so many ability levels across multiple subjects. She feels strongly that gifted students especially need attention to their social and emotional development, which can often be overlooked in typical school environments when their intellectual potential is so obvious; to this end, her pedagogy includes an intentional emphasis on collaboration and teamwork skills.
When she’s not grading papers or planning lessons, you can find Miss Borthwick at the park with her puppy, Kona.