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Fostering a Love for STEAM Subjects

Emily Wilkins, The Christ School’s STEAM teacher, brings her passion for active, collaborative learning to her classroom. “When I began teaching, I knew that I wanted to focus on providing students with a hands-on approach to learning. My goal for every class is to foster an environment that encourages students to work together with one another on projects that allow them to think critically and have connections to real world problems. In my STEAM classes, I can do just that! I enjoy guiding students to work through the engineering process, problem solve and create,” says Emily. 

“I am from the central Florida area, but moved around a lot when I was younger. I have also lived in Atlanta, GA, Fort Worth, TX, and Irvine, CA,” Emily says. “I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in 2019. I loved my time at UCF so much that I am currently working on my Masters of Education there, specializing in gifted education. I am working on my thesis on math and science education. While living in California, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at a homeless shelter and work with children after school. It was there that I realized I really enjoyed working with children and fell in love with helping them to learn and grow. Once I was back in Florida, I started working on my degree to become a teacher. I am beyond blessed to be able to make an impact, large or small, on the lives of my students.”  

“I am happy to be teaching at The Christ School,” she says. “My favorite thing so far about TCS is the community. It has been wonderful to have to support and encouragement from those around me, especially as a newer teacher.”  

When not teaching or doing her own schoolwork, Emily loves to be outside. “I spend most of my weekends at the beach or kayaking,” she says. “I also enjoy going to Disney, thrift shopping and baking. And I love supporting UCF football (Go Knights!).”

Emily shares her favorite Bible verse:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6.
“This was my confirmation verse, and it has become one that I always look to,” says Emily.