Emily Gasoi has gained experience in her twenty-year career in education as a classroom teacher, curriculum and assessment developer, researcher, program evaluation specialist, new teacher mentor, and adjunct professor. A classroom teacher for nearly a decade, Emily taught grades 2, 3 and 4 in both private and public school settings. Beginning in 1997, she worked with MacArthur award winning educator, Deborah Meier, to found the now internationally recognized Mission Hill School in Boston. After leaving Mission Hill School in 2004, Emily earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research focused on identifying common cultural elements within schools that facilitate the ability of staff to balance the need for ongoing, responsive change while remaining rooted in core values. In 2016, Emily collaborated with Ms. Meier to co-author the book, These Schools Belong to You and Me about the importance of educating students for informed and active engagement in a democratic society. In addition to her Artful Education practice, Emily was recently elected to serve on the D.C. State Board of Education and is an adjunct professor in the Education, Inquiry, and Justice Program at Georgetown University.