Erika Hopson

Erika Hopson

College of Education

M.S. in Secondary Education - Northern Arizona University, AZ
B.S. in Elementary Education - Arizona State University West, AZ

About Erika Hopson

Erika Hopson is an Arizona native. She completed her degree in Elementary Education at ASU West and obtained her Master's Degree in Secondary Education from NAU.  She has enjoyed working with various age levels, but the majority of her career has been spent teaching high school mathematics.  She currently teaches part time for both Glendale Community College and the Deer Valley Unified School District.  Erika and her husband have been blessed with three sons. Their oldest is three and their twins just celebrated their first birthday.  Erika loves spending her spare time exercising, traveling, being outside, and enjoying her friends, family, husband, and three little boys.


How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

Teaching for Grand Canyon has been a wonderful experience.  Having the opportunity to work with people in various locations has truly opened my eyes to diverse teaching philosophies and programs.  This has given me new ideas and motivated me to self-reflect on my own beliefs and practices.  The future teachers I have the privilege of working with are enthusiastic, optimistic, and eager to touch lives.  Their excitement inspires me to be my best, reminds me of the influential role I play in the lives of my students, and encourages me to continue growing professionally.


What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

Posting the answers to frequently asked questions is a strategy that benefits my students.  When I set up the course for each module, I post the answers to several common questions in the Questions for Instructor forum.  This way, my students who have the same question can receive the answer they are looking for immediately.  Since our students have busy schedules, it is important for them to be able to utilize their time without having to wait on a response to complete their work.


What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

It is hard to state one specific student success story.  I typically work with non-traditional students who are close to the end of their journey at GCU.  I am touched when I learn about their lives and how they have juggled their jobs, families, and courses, to fulfill their lifelong dream of being teachers.  I believe success is when they overcome the obstacles, and our children are blessed with new teachers who are hardworking, prepared, and excited to teach!