Erin McNabb - December 2017

Erin McNabb is from Cascade, Michigan. She is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Secondary Education Social Studies and French Education with minors in Dance and History. Erin is also graduating with Upper Division honors.

During Erin’s time on campus she worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the History Department, as a technician consultant for the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies and as a student supervisor at Starbucks. Her freshman year she was a recipient of an NMU Freshman Fellowship, working with Dr. Gabe Logan to improve the History Department’s communication plan.

Erin was a member of the NMU Honors College and participated in many cultural enrichment field trips around the Midwest. One of Erin’s favorite trips was traveling to Stratford, Ontario with one of her classes where she attended the Stratford Theatre Festival studying dramatic interpretations of British history.

Erin received a Lundin Summer Research Fellowship in 2016 and conducted an original research project on the methodology of social studies education in high schools in Michigan under the advisement of Kathryn Johnson. That same summer she also traveled to Western Europe, studying the culture and heritage of the area while improving her French language skills.

When asked why she chose NMU she said, “because of our wonderful College of Education and the sense of community and love that I feel in Marquette. I love to hike, camp, and swim in Lake Superior and being next to so many beautiful places really makes NMU special. My favorite memories at Northern include traveling with students and professors, taking learning beyond the classroom.”

After graduation, Erin will be substitute teaching and tutoring while looking for a position as a high school classroom teacher in either social studies and/or French.

You can read Erin's commencement speech here.