Monalesia Earle

“Never hesitate to try new things, even when it’s sometimes easier to stay inside the proverbial box.”

Monalesia always inspires and encourages professional curiosity in people she works with – a vital skill that compels us to ask the right questions and think on our feet to help us unpack difficult situations. For Monalesia, training is an opportunity to give social workers access to the kind of in-depth, thoughtful discussions and information that she has always found helpful in her own work with families and children.

Monalesia has dedicated most of her professional career to developing creative and empowering ways to engage with – and meaningfully serve – the most vulnerable people in society. A strong advocate for children, young people and their families, and educated as a generalist social work practitioner. Monalesia has been able to use her social work degree in multiple and often non-traditional settings. She has practised in three different court systems as a Child Custody Investigator and before relocating to England she was the lead Social Worker in a law firm serving indigent clients. She has also held roles as a front line social worker, a social work recruiter, a senior practitioner and deputy team manager, a Human Resources recruitment officer, and most recently as a workforce development manager in local government.


Having received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Alaska before going on for a graduate degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York, Monalesia decided to explore her passion for literature by obtaining a graduate degree in the Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, followed closely by a Doctorate in English and the Humanities. She is a registered Social Worker with an extensive background in Social Care.

Meet Monalesia

What’s a quote you live by or that inspires you?

“We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag.” (RuPaul)

What are three key values that guide your life choices?

Transparency, honesty, respect.


What makes you laugh?

A good comedy show.


What has been your proudest moment as a practitioner?

Working with a client who called me lots of very ‘creative’ names at the beginning of

our work together, but who came back after everything was done, thanking me for

my involvement.


What has been your proudest moment as a trainer?

Seeing those ‘light bulb’ moments when I have worked hard to get across complex ideas.


What makes you get up each morning?



How do you want to be remembered?

As someone who never hesitated to try new things, even when it was sometimes

easier to stay inside the proverbial box.


What’s one piece of wisdom that guides you?

I’d have to go back to my first response, which is: “We all came into this world naked.

The rest is all drag.” (RuPaul)


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