Emily Easterday

Director of Student Support

About

Emily

Emily Easterday spent 15 years in the field of student support in the United States in Illinois and Colorado, and three years in student support at Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia, before becoming the Activities Director at that school. She has a BA and MA in Special Education, as well as a MA in Teacher Leadership, and is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Childhood - Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs. She joined ASIJ in 2020.

We asked

her

a few questions...

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How does your role of Director of Student Support have an impact on the school?

In collaboration with many other stakeholders, there are great opportunities for me in this role, to have a positive impact on ASIJ. My main goal in this position is to thoughtfully increase the level of inclusivity in our school so we are able to meet the needs of a wider range of learners. Increasing inclusivity naturally means a continued focus on best teaching practices, embracing diversity, additional support for social/emotional needs, and creative ideas and solutions about learning. All areas of focus will positively impact teachers and learners in our school as we focus on each others’ strengths. Research shows that all students in inclusive classrooms have greater academic outcomes, access to more resources, increased understanding and acceptance of diversity, and increased appreciation and acceptance of individual differences. Inclusion is a win-win situation for all stakeholders at ASIJ.

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What was the best piece of advice you received from a teacher when you were in school?

One steadfast piece of advice that I received from my high school teacher, Mrs. Brown, is how looking successful is different from being successful. She taught us that we should not focus on status, popularity and accomplishments to define our success, but instead we should focus on relationships, character, purpose and contributing. This lesson has served me well and helped me value people above all else.

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Where is your favorite place to hike?

This is a hard question to answer, as there are so many places I love to hike. If I had to choose one, it would be the GR 20 (also known as Fra li monti, “across the mountains”) in Corsica. This is a 112 mile, charming hike across the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Along the way, you are surrounded by picturesque beauty, delicious food (my favorite was cheese from a local farmer!), and challenging terrain. Nothing beats sleeping in a tent under the stars after a long day of trekking. I have only done half of the trail so far and cannot wait to return to finish it.

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