Emily received her BFA in Art Education from the University of Georgia in 2012. Upon graduating, Emily worked as an Elementary Art teacher in a rural Georgia school, before moving to Oregon in 2014. Once in Oregon, Emily discovered the beauty of Montessori while working as a toddler assistant in Eugene. In spring of 2016, Emily received her AMI primary certification from Montessori Northwest in Portland along with her M.Ed from Loyola University of Maryland. She spent the last year as lead guide in a primary classroom in a private school setting. Emily is incredibly excited to be leading the inaugural Kindergarten class at Desert Sky Montessori.
Emily chose to join the Desert Sky team because of her commitment to make Montessori accessible to all children. For Emily, Montessori is more than a pedagogy, it is a way of life. She aims to guide each child to become independent, exploratory, and confident, while creating a child-centered community founded in empathy, love, and respect.
When she is not working with children, Emily enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, and just being outside. She also continues to explore a variety of art mediums, especially needle felting, printmaking, and ceramics.