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 addition to her Artful Education practice, Emily is currently co-authoring a book with Ms. Meier about the history and future of progressive education, as well as mentoring new and aspiring teachers with Center for Inspired Teaching.