Academy of Our Lady of Peace Class of 2000
Education & Credentials:
- B.A. in Social Science from San Diego State University
- M.A. in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Pedagogy from San Diego State University
- Single-Subject Teaching Credential (Social Science) from San Diego State University
Emily is a teacher in the Social Studies Department and served two terms as department chair. She is also an alumna of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), Class of 2000. She teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar, AP World History, Herstory: Women in American History, and World History.
Before returning to her alma mater to teach in 2008, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies with a concentration in feminist pedagogy, and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science from San Diego State University (SDSU). During graduate school, she held two Teaching Assistantships at SDSU for Women’s Studies 340: Women in European History, and she interned at the San Diego Women’s History Museum. These experiences are why her interest in women’s history is a significant part of her identity.
Emily became a history teacher because she longed to share an inclusive history that did not leave out historically marginalized groups. She believes that when those at the social margins are featured prominently in the historical narrative, the quality of the history becomes more accurate and relatable. In addition to helping her students acquire content knowledge, she teaches them how to think and write like historians. By the end of the term, students can do the following: analyze primary and secondary sources, develop historically defensible thesis statements, support their arguments with relevant evidence, identify authoritative historical sources, examine historical processes and decisions from different points of view, compose air-tight essays, and lead conversations that help all participants arrive at a deeper level of understanding.
This is her fifth consecutive year coaching Model United Nations and her third year leading the History Book Club. In addition to her moderatorships, in 2020, she and OLP drama director Mr. Justin Tracy co-created The Women’s Suffrage Project, an original play that commemorated the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted women suffrage. However, many women of color in the Southern States could not exercise that constitutional right until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Emily has continued to choose OLP as a place to teach because she believes deeply in the School’s mission of educating and empowering students to be the leaders of tomorrow. Part in parcel with her alma mater providing a remarkable education for those from diverse backgrounds and with different learning styles, OLP produces students who act responsibly, think critically, excel academically, thrive socially, and graduate ready to negotiate post-secondary studies and lead in their chosen fields successfully. She remains passionate about helping her students exceed their academic goals. Being an educator isn’t just what she does; it’s who she is. When Emily isn’t teaching or coaching, she can be found training for half-marathons with her mother, gardening with her husband, chatting about politics with her father, or playing with her dogs at the park.
- AP Seminar
- AP World History
- World History
- History Book Club
- Model United Nations
Professional Societies & Affiliations:
- World History Association
- National Council for the Social Studies