School: Northlake Hills Elementary School
District: Castaic Union School District
County: Los Angeles County
Region: Southern California
Grade: Elementary School
Subject: Multiple Subjects
Award Year: 2018
“Teaching is an ever-evolving profession, requiring teachers to embrace change and a growth mindset. I strengthen and improve the teaching profession because I never lose sight of what is best for my students. I always put kids first!” — Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin
Oxhorn-Gilpin has been teaching for 15 years in the same school district, primarily as a first grade teacher. She has taught grades K-3 and has taught split level classes. She uses creativity and hands-on lessons to teach her students all subjects—one example being a unit on snails where students learned about them via a picture book, held snail races on desks, received and wrote snail mail, and used math skills to culminate the unit.
Castaic Union School District Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Janene Maxon said of Oxhorn-Gilpin, “Erin recognizes needs and moves forward. It is that “moving forward” attitude that makes her one of the best teachers ever! Erin is always reflective, always thinking of ways in which to improve planning next steps for our students’ continued progress.”
Erin has facilitated and provided district level professional development, served as as a lead teacher for multiple grades, developed curriculum that has been used district-wide and mentored new teachers. She strives to create a sense of community for her students by developing relationships and creating a family within her classroom.
Erin knows that the profession of teaching is a gift and never takes for granted that parents entrust her to do what is best for their child(ren). Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin was also named a 2018 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.