Erika Hesterberg
Analyst

Erika is an Analyst on the Engaged Students team. She supports organizations to make strategic decisions about student learning in college and career readiness, social and emotional learning and innovative school models.

Erika believes that educational equity is imperative and that there is immense power in using research to guide strategy. Prior to Education First, Erika worked in educational non-profits focused on experiential learning, served as a classroom teacher on the Navajo Nation and used quantitative and qualitative research methods to improve outcomes in schools, districts and organizations.

Erika holds her BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont and her MA in Education in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University.

Outside of work, Erika can be found climbing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, practicing yoga or generally enjoying the sunshine.

Erika's expertise

  • Pathways for Student Success
  • Teaching and Learning Strategy
  • Teacher Leadership, Teacher Voice & Career Pathways
  • Strategy Development and Implementation Support
  • Communities of Practice & Working Groups

Top Three Places Erika has Visited

  • Nepal
  • Ecuador
  • Bonaire

Erika likes


  • Backpacking in remote places

  • Spending time with her godkiddos