Ms. Emily has been the Co-op’s Director since 2011, after being a teacher in the Primary classroom. Emily grew up in Omaha and attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She has a bachelors degree in English and Elementary Education. She then attended Grad School at the University of Minnesota, Mankato and graduated with a masters in Gendered and Women’s Studies.
At Truman State Emily studied coaching and leadership skills, eventually becoming the assistant soccer coach. She coached at the high school, club, and collegiate level. She was awarded a place in the Truman State Hall of Fame for being the two time Most Valuable Player and 3 time first team all-conference goalkeeper from 1998-2001. She was the first goal keeper in Truman history to earn All-America honors.
Ms. Emily moved back to Omaha in 2008, discovered the Co-op, and fell in love with the Montessori method. Much of the Montessori method mirrors her philosophies with coaching and leadership, specifically that Montessori is a student-led environment, encourages team building, and that there isn’t a huge emphasis on grades and testing.
Emily enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, riding bikes, and being outdoors. She is the 3rd child among 4 children and her sister Kelsey works at the Co-op as a Primary teacher. She absolutely loves all things soccer and continues her involvement by coaching a Refugee High School girls team at Benson over the summer.