Emily received her undergraduate degree, teaching credential, and masters degree from St. Mary’s College of California (SMC). While at St. Mary’s, she focused on race relations, culture, and identity in the Bay Area and is still captivated by the rich study of multicultural education, diversity, and identity. Prior to teaching at Berkwood Hedge, Emily taught in the Fourth and First grades at Head-Royce School in Oakland. She maintains her Head-Royce relationship by teaching summers and Saturdays for their Heads Up program—an Oakland Unified School District partnership that promotes academic preparation and civic responsibility for underserved middle school students of color. Emily loves teaching and playing alongside students on their first grade learning journey at Berkwood Hedge!