WIDA Professional Learning Specialist
Emily is a Professional Learning Specialist at WIDA. She has worked in various capacities in K-8 settings serving multilingual communities in urban and suburban Chicago. Her previous roles include a bilingual and ESL teacher, a dual language teacher, a culturally and linguistically diverse instructional coach and a bilingual program coordinator. In her career, she has developed curriculum for multilingual learners, provided professional development on best practices for multilingual learning and worked on community engagement for bilingual families. Emily also facilitated adult learning from her years living in Barcelona, Spain where she provided English language development to business professionals and university students.
Emily is passionate about creating equitable academic experiences for multilingual students, promoting culturally and linguistically responsive instructional practices and leveraging the diversity of multilingual communities to enrich the landscape of education today. She received a BA from Indiana University-Bloomington in Elementary Education with a focus in Spanish and Art History, and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction (ESL) from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. In her personal life, Emily enjoys warm weather, travel, music, food and the Spanish language and culture.