Emma holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Grinnell College. In the Specialized Studies Program at HGSE, Emma focused her graduate studies on instructional design, adult learning, and criminal justice reform. As an undergraduate student, Emma graduated with honors in English and was the recipient of a Payne Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in History. She was awarded the Second Prize Selden Whitcomb Prize for Poetry and was an Honorable Mention for the Lorabel Richardson/Academy of American Poets Prize. Her first tutoring experiences were in college, where she served as a writing mentor on campus as well as an academic writing tutor with the Grinnell College Liberal Arts in Prison Program. She is a certified TESOL instructor and earned a High Pass from the certificate program at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she taught English language classes.
Though Emma's academic background was centered in the humanities, her participation in Signet's various programs has proven her to be a generalist in many academic areas. Emma has completed and passed Signet's rigorous SAT/ACT and SSAT/ISEE training programs in all subject areas, including science and math, with great success. Emma has worked with students preparing for these exams and the AP exams in World History, U.S. History, and English. She also serves as a Writing Specialist and has supported student work on a variety of writing assignments, including college applications, graduate school applications, and academic essays. In addition to being a Signet tutor, Emma has developed curricula, exams, and textbooks for Bridge International Academies and Acelero Learning. While at Bridge, she specialized in English language and literacy curricula and contributed short stories and content to eight textbooks.
Emma was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in New Jersey. She enjoys writing, reading, running, yoga, and travel. In her spare time, she volunteers with the organization Found in Translation as a professional skills mentor for women pursuing medical interpreter training. She has visited 25 countries and run races in Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos.