Faculty spotlight on Dr. Andrea Emerson
Dr. Andrea Emerson
- Work Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Studies (ECS)
- Home Wilsonville, originally from Tennessee
“I’ve worked in a variety of settings with a variety of ages everywhere from teaching 2-year-old in front of two-way mirrors to substituting in public K-3 classrooms.
I accepted a position at WOU because I saw myself in WOU students – I love the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and identities on campus. I am so grateful to be a part of our campus community!
When I’m not working, I love to travel abroad, practice yoga, chase my cat ZuZu (she doesn’t like to snuggle), or hike with my family.”
“I had a good role model in my father, who came to the US from Colombia to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot when he was 18. I believe in taking big leaps. I believe discomfort usually leads to growth. I know that mistakes are inevitable. I know the journey is worth the risks.”
“I like to conduct research with local agencies like Early Head Start. I love sharing research with undergraduates in small increments. A professor in my undergrad gave me a chance to experience research in ECS and it changed the course of my life!”
“I like to connect to students’ personal experiences. I do my best to make the content I deliver in class ‘sticky’ – things are more memorable when they relate to our own lives.
Many of our students come with a pre-existing understanding of how fun nourishs young children. I really enjoy shaping that knowledge towards an informed intentionality in teaching.”