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Erika Robyn White Mushala died April 21. (Photo courtesy of the Phila. Tribune)

After serving 22 years as a Prince George’s County exemplary teacher at Beltsville Academic Center in Beltsville, Erika Robyn White Mushala, 44, died April 21 after a long battle with cancer.

Mushala, daughter of Barbara Johnson White and the late Robert Albert White, was born on Nov. 7, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pa. In the fall of 1988, Erika enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. to start her collegiate career.  She went on to graduate in 1993 with a bachelor’s of science degree in education, which led her to Prince George’s County as a teacher.  She also completed additional coursework at Bowie State University.

“As a mentor to interns and novice teachers, Erika’s colleagues often relied on her for professional assistance and advice,” according to a news release.

In spring 1999, Mushala became a member of the infamous Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. On April 8, 2000, her life changed when she married the love of her life, Daniel N. Mushala.  Together they had two daughters, Sydney Nawire and Blair Bahati. “She nurtured and instilled in her daughters a love of family and God,” according to a news release.  “Erika succeeded in being a phenomenal role model for her girls and her students by providing them with the guidance and core values needed to become successful in life.”

Mushala had long-lasting relationships with young people around the county, having a major impact on their academic, social, and emotional growth. Mushala loved interacting and having conversations with people on Facebook.  She also was very competitive and loved playing the game ‘Words With Friends.’  She loved shopping and planning and participating in cultural and recreational activities with her family.  On Thursday’s nights at 9 p.m., Mushala would join the other 10 million Gladiators around the world and watch her favorite show Scandal on ABC.

“Erika had a kind demeanor, great sense of humor, infectious smile, and hearty laugh,” according to a news release.  “Her mere presence brightened the room and she absolutely blossomed when spending time with family and friends.  ‘E,’ as she was affectionately known, was admired for her calm, cool, and classy style.”

Mushala will be bereaved by her loving husband Daniel; daughters Sydney and Blair; mother Barbara; brother Bob; sister-in-law Dawna; “sister”- cousin Monica; mother-in-law Margaret; brothers-in-law Amos (Jessica) and Stephen; sisters-in-law Primrose, Christabelle, Francis, and Jocelyn; her “Philly Crew” Marla, Loren, Kia, Tracy, Wendy, and Makeba; along with a number of devoted nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, Sorors, students, and friends.