I feel that I owe much of who I am as a teacher to KSTF. I am confident in the classroom, and I enjoy assuming a leadership role among colleagues. I never thought I would be able to say that in my first years of teaching.
Emilie Cross Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow Smoky Hill High School Aurora, Colorado
Emilie Cross always enjoyed her math and science classes throughout high school because she felt challenged and loved the sense of accomplishment. “I sometimes had to work hard to understand a concept, but I felt like a champion when I finally got it.” She often tutored her friends, finding fulfillment in helping others understand. In her second year at the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder), Emilie decided to combine her passion for science and teaching and major in physics and education.
Named “Outstanding Graduate” of the School of Education, Emilie graduated from CU-Boulder in 2003. She earned her MA in science education from the University of Colorado and began her career teaching in Biloxi, Miss., and Valparaiso, Ind. “It was very difficult to teach at three different schools in my first three years of teaching. I grew a lot through those experiences and I am grateful for the many forms of support I received from KSTF.”
In 2006, Emilie accepted a position at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado, where she teaches the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) physics program and freshman Earth/physical science. “It is a joy to teach in the school district that I attended. I am glad to be giving back to the community that gave me so much.” A member of the 2003 KSTF Science Cohort, Emilie became an alumna in 2008. She credits KSTF with her professional growth. “I love being a part of the KSTF community because I am inspired to always seek excellence in my teaching. We encourage each other to find new ways of helping students learn and grow.” Emilie enjoys spending her free time being active outdoors with her husband and dog. She especially loves hiking and playing golf.