A native of Pittsburgh, Emily grew up in the Quaker town of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with majors in English and anthropology.

Throughout her teaching career in Pittsford, New York, Short Hills, New Jersey, and Fairfax, Virginia, Emily pursued graduate studies in archaeology, environmental science, education, and communications. A Gifted/Talented specialist, she was a Virginia State finalist for the 1985 NASA Teacher in Space Project.

Emily’s column profiling musicians performing at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and other Washington area venues has appeared in the Washington Examiner (formerly Journal Newspapers) since 1980. Her articles about music, education, Americana, travel, and parapsychology are found in numerous periodicals, among them The Arizona Republic, British Heritage, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Pennsylvania, Phi Delta Kappan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Press, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Us Magazine. Several appear in anthologies.


In 1993, Emily represented Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary education fraternity, at the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession in Stockholm, Sweden. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


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