Emily is a native of Spartanburg, SC, but calls herself an Oconee native at heart. After attending Clemson University, and receiving her bachelors in Elementary Education, Emily married her husband Josh, and moved to his hometown of Walhalla. After starting the first Foothills YMCA afterschool program in Oconee County, she was able to build many connections with school district leaders and positive stakeholders in the community. The Foothills YMCA was the first place that taught her how to truly appreciate private partnerships. Eventually, Emily started teaching at Fair Oak Elementary and later moved to Walhalla Elementary School where she taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Somewhere along the way, her now 5 year old daughter, Charlotte, was born and Emily knew that she wanted Walhalla to be a place where kids just like Charlotte would grow up and want to return to. This started Emily’s push for growth in the town she calls home. Emily now serves as the Assistant Principal at Walhalla Elementary School. She serves on the Walhalla Oktoberfest Committee, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium Board, and now the Main Street Advisory Board. Her and her family also just bought the old Ansel House on Main Street Walhalla and are working to restore it. As a family they have made it their life work to preserve the beauty of this small town and push forward with encouraging growth and renovation.