York High School, 2012
University of Maine at Farmington, 2016
Current town: York
“Be comfortable with discomfort. All good things happen in the ‘challenge zone.' The biggest things happen when you take advantage of opportunities to build connections and expand your community.”
The Mitchell Scholarship helped Emily land her dream job by attending the University of Maine at Farmington and learning crucial interview skills at MILE II. She’s loved being educated in Maine and is now bringing it full circle by passing on her love of learning to others and encouraging the high school seniors she teaches to apply for the Scholarship. Emily also fulfills her passion for community service with multiple volunteer positions and is challenging herself to learn the ukulele!
Tell us about your current role: how long have you been there, what parts of it do you like most, and why do you do what you do?
Having received my professional certification as a teacher in July, I’m now heading into my fourth year as an English Teacher at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine. I got into teaching because of my third-grade teacher—most teachers I know were inspired by a teacher of theirs! I’ve been set on becoming a teacher ever since, and set my sights on teaching high school when I was in high school myself. I love planning units and building diverse learning opportunities for my students and then seeing them in action. Inevitably, they never quite go to plan! I enjoy the process of adapting them with and for my students, though. Seeing the results of my work and watching students gain satisfaction for their own hard work is immensely rewarding.
How are you having an impact on your community, through leadership roles or otherwise?
I coached tennis at Marshwood for the last two years (this year’s season was cancelled), and serve as the advisor to the yearbook staff (who finished the 2019/2020 yearbook from quarantine) and as the co-advisor to the Interact Club. The epitome of my community involvement is with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a four-day outdoor camp that focuses on social-emotional learning for students to realize their leadership abilities and use their voices for positive change in their communities. I’ve been involved with them for the last ten years, first as a camper, and now training to be their co-director as the program reaches its 30th anniversary. I actually just became a Rotarian myself! As a younger member of the program, I was invited to give a speech at the latest conference about bridging the age gap. My “new voices” Rotary group was also featured in the Rotary magazine, promoting our “service above self” mission.