Erin Hermle: teacher by day, roller derby queen at night

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Erin Hermle: teacher by day, roller derby queen at night Name: Erin Hermle Age: 31 City: Roseville Occupation: First-grade teacher at Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School Family: Husband, Daniel Hermle said tryouts for the Sac City Rollers are on Jan. 29. Go to for more information. How did you first get into roller derby? I will admit I’m on the “Whip It” bandwagon, a movie about roller derby starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore. I had no idea there was roller derby in Sacramento until I Googled it and found two leagues in Sacramento. One happened to be having a boot camp so I signed up. It was the best workout I’d had in a long time and I had a blast. That was almost two years ago. What is your roller derby name? Scarlett Jo Slams’em. What exactly is roller derby? The quick and dirty of it is each team has four blockers and one jammer for each team. The eight blockers form the pack and the two jammer’s job is get through the pack and, when they come around a second time, they get a point. The blockers try to stop the other team’s jammer while helping their own jammer at the same time. What is a game called? It’s called a bout, with two 30-minute periods, and jams last two minutes. Have you been hurt while playing? Yes, I’ve mostly gotten pretty good bruises and have had blisters on my feet. The worst injury was when I was hit at the same time on both sides, and the cartilage holding my rib cage and sternum together was separated. That was pretty painful, with six weeks of healing. Is it worth the pain? Absolutely. I have met so many great friends and I’ve gotten to travel to places I wouldn’t normally get to. It’s a great workout and a great stress reliever. I’m not athletic by nature and this is the first sport I’ve ever played. What does your husband think about you playing roller derby? He is very supportive. He was the one who encouraged me to do it because I was looking for a hobby. How long have you been a teacher? Six years. I’ve always taught first grade. This is my first job. I love it at Coppin. I really love that we’re in the country and we have a very close-knit community. We have a very homey feel and the parents are very dedicated. What do you like about being a teacher? It’s never boring and every day is different. I like first grade because I teach them to read so I provide a good foundation for the rest of the school years. First-graders have a real zest for life. They are curious about everything and make me laugh every day. Is there anything challenging about teaching first-graders? The most challenging part is they are coming in to the school from the separate world in kindergarten. They’re in school for a full day and have to learn to be students. I have to teach them to keep their desks clean, and how to get to the bathrooms and cafeteria. The first couple of months are pretty tough and there are tears. Why did you choose teaching as a profession? I like kids and I always enjoyed going to school. I never wanted to leave it. I love learning and wanted to pass that along. If you would like to see a neighbor or friend featured here, please e-mail or call Stephanie Dumm at 774-7967.