Parent Educator Profile: Erin Lucas

Posted Thursday November 18, 2021 by begadmin

Q: Tell us a little about your background.

I was born and grew up in Raleigh, and earned my bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and Regular Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College. I began my career as a teacher of hearing-impaired students in middle school, then became an itinerant teacher of K-12 students who were deaf or hard of hearing. I came to BEGINNINGS in 1998, so I’ve been here the longest of any employee.

Q: Whom do you serve in your work? 

I serve families in the southeastern area of North Carolina, from Leland where I now live, all the way up the coast and nearby counties. The children are all ages and backgrounds.

Q: What motivated you to join BEGINNINGS? 

I first heard of BEGINNINGS in college! I was studying for my degree and came across the amazing free support offered to children and families by BEGINNINGS. I actually paid for a parents’ manual with my own money so I could learn more about the nonprofit, and then I was able to join them eventually. I love this job because there was only so much I could do to help a child in the classroom; when the child goes home, the parents need ongoing support to support the child. That’s why I love my role with BEGINNINGS.

  Q: Is there a family whose situation has really inspired you? 

There is a family I’ve worked with since their hearing-impaired child was a baby; she has bi-lateral hearing loss and was implanted when she was a year old.  I met with the family again when the child was in high school to talk about her transition into adulthood.  The mother and child were considering a cochlear implant in the other ear. I answered their questions and we talked about the benefits of having the other ear implanted.  The family decided together that yes, the second implant would help immensely.  I was so happy to have seen this child’s development from babyhood to almost age 18 and bound for college.