Emily is currently a first grade teacher at Speyer School. Prior to teaching at Speyer, Emily taught first grade, then second grade, for six years in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K – 5) from the University of Georgia and her M.A. in Curriculum & Design from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. As a teacher, Emily works to build independence, confidence, and a love of learning in her students. In the classroom, she leads small reading, math, and phonics groups while also making time to conference with individual students as they work. She is well trained in Guided Reading, Fountas & Pinnell, Words Their Way, Thinking Maps, and Go Math!, She loves to incorporate songs, games, and hands-on activities into her lessons to engage every learner. When she is not teaching or tutoring, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, and exploring NYC with her husband.