Emily’s admiration for the public school system started at a young age while attending K-12 in the Nevada R-5 School District in Nevada, Missouri and watching family members serve as teachers and school board members. Following high school, Emily went on to attend the University of Missouri where she graduated magna cum laude. During college, Emily served as a substitute teacher in Nevada during winter breaks and also as a mentor for local Columbia middle school students during the school year. After graduation from Mizzou, Emily received her law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.
After law school, Emily served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge at the Supreme Court of Missouri. There she researched and assisted with the drafting of opinions handed down by the Court. The clerkship exposed her to a wide variety of legal matters and allowed her to refine her legal research and analytical writing – skills that are invaluable when applying legal principles to the issues faced by the clients of EdCounsel. As a member of the EdCounsel team, Emily provides counsel to the administrators and school board members that lead public schools.
Emily lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Matt, their son (Bennett) and dog (Hilda). When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, traveling, dinner parties with friends, and staying involved with the community through the Junior League of Kansas City.