Emily was on the Dean's List every semester while earning her Bachelor's in Art History at the University of North Carolina. She was also recognized one year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Student Fundraiser of the Year. Following college, Emily was a Teach for America corps member in Jacksonville, Florida. She taught high-school reading for two years and led ACT preparation camps. She has also taught English to Buddhist Monks at a monastery in Nepal and during college tutored Hispanic adults in English. "I have always loved communicating with people," Emily says. "What excites me most about teaching is figuring out how I can best introduce information to specific individuals to meet their needs. I like to ask myself, How can I explain this in a way that matters to this person?" Emily believes in giving her students as much control over their work as possible. "I find the more power students have," she says, "the more invested they are in taking ownership of their learning." In high school, Emily was on the soccer team and the cross-country team. These days she continues to be active. She describes herself as adventurous and always up for a challenge, so she loves to rock climb and travel. "I find the more time I spend in the outdoors," she says, "the happier I am."