Teacher Emily would describe herself as a life-long learner and that characteristic pops up everywhere throughout her life.
She was born in Seattle, WA and lived with her mom, dad, and older sister, Jessica (JJ). Her younger brother, Andy, was born four years later. As a child, Teacher Emily did ballet and played piano though her interest in those activities faced as she was exposed to new things. She started playing basketball in third grade and started Tae Kwon Do in fourth. Both activities became passions as Teacher Emily continued through adolescence. Both Emily and her sister successfully received black belts!
School has always been important to Teacher Emily and she always loved attending school. As a child, especially a first-grader, Emily would religiously play school at home. She attended Catholic schools for her entire education and always found her teachers to be supportive, engaging, and interesting.
For college, Teacher Emily left the west coast and moved to New York to attend Fordham University. She thrived there - not only in learning but also with the new family of friends she made at school. Emily was fortunate to continue her studies through a study abroad program which opened her eyes to the world of travel! Travelling has become an important part of her life now, as she learns about other cultures and meets amazing people.
Teacher Emily graduated with an English Degree and her Initial Teaching Certification. She began teaching in the Bronx the fall after graduating. Teacher Emily says that her four years of teaching at PS 163 were some of the best education she could receive.
Emily decided to move back west to be closer to family - never realizing that she would soon start a family with a guy from New York! She met her husband, Brian, through her college roommate. He, too, moved to Seattle and they started their family with just dogs before having their first child, Miriam. Emily says, "Becoming a parent has been rewarding. It's fun, challenging, and I'm definitely learning a lot!"
Brian, Miriam, Moe (their dog), and Emily moved back to New York for some new opportunities and to be closer to Brian's family. Buffalo has been warm, welcoming, interesting, and they're proud to call it their new home!