Teachers are responsible for shaping the learning experiences of students—not just skills and knowledge, but the values and beliefs of the next generations. We push student thinking on what is possible and desirable in the world.”

Emily’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Chemistry

“I choose science because I love and value its inherent curiosity about the world around us, and its process for thoughtfully investigating questions, then asking more. I choose chemistry specifically because I feel that it can explain or at least illuminate much of what happens in the world around us. On the other hand, students often have terrible experiences with chemistry and find it difficult, boring, and/or irrelevant—a grave loss in a world where medicine, environmental concerns, and so much more are so deeply shaped by chemical advances.”

Professional Experience

In college, Emily worked as a coordinator for a weekly after-school program for young students of color to foster identity, community-building, and promote access to college.

After graduation, Emily worked as a science educator at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. In this role, she was responsible for creating and running school programming for field trips, public education events, and Young Women in Science, an after-school program for young women of color who are interested in science careers.

Emily began teaching at Carmen High School of Science and Technology, Southeast Campus during the 2018–2019 school year.


Emily enjoys playing board games with close friends and family, swing dancing, camping and hiking, and devouring novels.

Academic Background

  • Alverno College (Master of Arts in Education)
  • Pomona College (Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Environmental Analysis)