About Me

I am a proud native New Yorker (raised on the UES; current Harlem resident!) and have been teaching at CSS since 2014. As an undergraduate, I concentrated on Victorian literature and poetry, which is still a pet area of interest for me, but I've recently become more interested in contemporary American voices (particularly women). After receiving my BA, I received a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and briefly worked in student affairs. Ultimately, my desire to return to the East Coast, and work with high school students, led me to pursue a second graduate degree, a MS in Teaching Adolescent English (7-12).
At CSS, I teach eleventh and twelfth graders (11th grade ELA; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature and Composition), and support the work of the ELA team by serving as department chair. In partnership with Prof. Hammond, I also support the work of Book Buddies, a program that partners upper school and middle school students to discuss books of the middle school student's choice.
In my personal time, I practice yoga, bake a lot of bread, and am an avid home cook. I also have quite a lot of plants, and two very spoiled formerly-feral cats named Finch and Pip (thematic ELA-teacher names!). I am also a fairly frequent theatre-goer (and a seasonal Shakespeare in the Park line waiter), and a subscriber to the NYC Ballet (though I know virtually nothing about dance - I just think it's pretty!).
I look forward to meeting you! Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at erinflaherty@columbiasecondary.org
Fave Books: The Secret History (Donna Tartt); The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt); Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides); The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway); Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie); Villette (Charlotte Bronte); Swing Time (Zadie Smith); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith); Great Expectations (Charles Dickens); Evicted (Matthew Desmond); Lady Audley's Secret (Mary Elizabeth Braddon); Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro); A Widow for One Year (John Irving); In Cold Blood (Truman Capote); The Heart's Invisible Furies (John Boyne); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Mo Willems)