Join us in welcoming our new math teacher, Emily Northrop!

Emily is from Miami, Florida, where she grew up scuba diving, kayaking, and camping on Biscayne Bay and throughout The Everglades. Emily says that she first learned to like being outside as a student at The Outdoor Academy in 2006 (Semester XXII). She went on to study Marine Science and Geology at the University of Miami and earned a Masters in Coastal Zone Management from UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. As part of her thesis project, she created the full curriculum for an innovative digital course in marine and environmental science, working with expert guest scientists across seven countries. The driving vision of the project was to bring experiential education to a wider audience via documentary film techniques.

Emily worked as an environmental consultant in South Florida and as a Coastal Planner for the Bureau of environmental and Coastal Quality in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands before turning her attention back to education. Emily first taught Literature & Writing and Applied Maths at The Island School in The Bahamas and is now thrilled to be returning to OA, which she continually credits for shaping her sense of self. As a teacher, Emily is eager to help her students tap into their own wellsprings of determination and grit in the face of challenge, be it a math problem or a mountain. When she is not thinking up new lessons, you can find Emily training for the next triathlon, practicing and teaching yoga, and writing letters.