Emilie Stewart '10

- Johns Hopkins University, M.S.Ed with a concentration in Secondary Education 2016
- Teach for America Corps Member, Baltimore City 2014-2017
- Cornell University, B.S. in Human Development 2014
- MSDA Class of 2010

...the Mount taught me the skills and gave me the confidence to challenge current systems and advocate beside those most in need...  

Where am I Today
After I graduated from Cornell, I served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Baltimore City, while I simultaneously earned my Masters in Education, with a concentration in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Upon completing my two year commitment with Teach for America, I remained teaching high school English at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. Mergenthaler (or MERVO as we call it) is the largest public high school in the city of Baltimore. During my time there, I have been able to teach classes of mostly female students and support all my students along their path to postsecondary success. As part of the curriculum for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Class I taught in Baltimore, I co-created a collaborative project with Mrs. Linda Stewart – the Mount’s fine arts teacher (and my mom!). My students wrote original poetry which the Mount students illustrated through photography. The resulting poetry book, which each student received a copy of, was so deeply meaningful for my students, not only because they saw their words, ideas and feelings in print, but also because their thoughts were acknowledged and expressed through a fellow student’s photography. Despite how different their lived experiences may be, our students found unity through poetry, creativity and the arts.

The Mount Factor
The Mount taught me to be courageous and committed to social justice.

The teachers and opportunities that the Mount offered to me, instilled in me a sense of obligation to use my talents and education to fight for equity. In addition to inspiring me to have a passion for social justice, the Mount taught me the skills and gave me the confidence to challenge current systems and advocate beside those most in need.

My advice…
Never forget how much the Mount has given to you. Go forth into college and the world and light it on fire. Because that is what the Mount prepares you to do...take your passion and set the world on fire.

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