Emily Becker, born and raised in Berkeley, California, comes to PSI with fourteen years of experience in education. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in history from UC Davis, Emily began her classroom career as a substitute teacher in the Oakland Public Schools. Bitten with the teaching bug, Emily moved to New York City in 1998 and enrolled in the Bank Street College of Education. At the same time, Emily received her first full time teaching placement at Dual Language Middle School in Manhattan, and spent three years there teaching coursework in English and Spanish. Emily went on to teach at another public middle school in the district for four years, where she was encouraged by her principal to apply for the New York City Leadership Academy, a 15-month intensive leadership training program. Emily was accepted to the competitive program, and spent her training year at a middle school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, while also assembling a team to write a proposal for a new public school in NYC. The city accepted the proposal, and Bronx Green Middle School was born on February 1, 2006, with Emily at the helm. For four and a half years, Emily proudly led the school as it grew from grade 6 through grade 8. After a much needed year off post-principalship, Emily returned to the West Coast and worked at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a Fellow in both their Education program, and in their Global Development and Population program. Emily has a Master’s degree in early adolescence from Bank Street College, and certification in supervision and administration from Baruch College.
“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Jane Goodall