Emily attended The University of Newcastle, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree with Honours in Teaching. She began permanent classroom teaching at Toormina High School in 2002 under the Targeted Graduate Program. During her early years of teaching, she also attained her Honours degree in English from The University of New England with her thesis on the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Anna Wickham. During her time at Toormina HS, Emily taught all levels of Junior and Senior English, including Preliminary and HSC Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 English courses. She also taught History classes in Years 7-10. Emily also has experience marking HSC Advanced English papers and a solid understanding of NAPLAN requirements.
Her motivation as an English teacher is to empower all students through an appreciation and enjoyment of the written word so that they may experience the pleasure of understanding a text deeply, to have the skills and freedom to articulate their own ideas and to know that they will be able to engage in the world as critically aware citizens as a result of their English studies. She is currently taking a break from full-time classroom teaching to be at home with her little ones.