New Employee Spotlight – Erin Tyler

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Tyler, Erin
I will be a lab technician 2 for the sciences department. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Marine biology in 2007 from the University of West Florida. I focused much of my early career on fish physiology, however, my work was heavy in biochemistry and led me to a position with the US EPA. After 2 years with them, I moved to Virginia and worked as a lab manager in a biogeochemistry lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences for 6.5 years. I recently moved across the country to Seattle and I’m excited to continue working in a laboratory environment.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

While working in Virginia, I did some adjunct teaching and realized how much I liked the community college environment. When I learned about Green River and how reputable the science department was, I was immediately drawn to the school.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I am a rock music fan so I mostly listen to the radio station 99.9

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was 14 I started teaching swimming lessons to kids and did that, along with lifeguarding, all through high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am excited that my position works with many different science classes. It’s exciting to be able to work in some aspects of science that I haven’t had a chance to since school, such as physics and astronomy.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I hope to find some ways to become more involved in the campus community. I would like to find some clubs or committee’s to become involved with.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I am very proud of my graduate school research that I was able to present at an international conference, completing my first Ironman in 2012, and swimming 7.5 miles across the Potomac River, twice.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

Why? I’m not much of a nickname person, and haven’t had one since high school, so I’m not sure.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

My talents aren’t usually something I can do at a talent show. I am tone deaf and can’t dance, but I can drop a mountain bike off an 11ft drop.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Goal Driven

Respect

Environmentally friendly

Education

Never Give Up

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