Emily Peterson has always been an advocate for inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. From the time she was in kindergarten she wanted to be a teacher and was always the first to help her classmates who were feeling left out. After high school Emily moved to Sonoma County to earn her Bachelor's degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University. She continued on to receive a multiple subject teaching credential. After 5 years of working at a non profit youth center in Marin County Emily began her teaching career with Healdsburg Unified School District.
On Valentine’s day of 2019 Emily welcomed her baby girl into the world, 6 weeks early and spent the next several weeks in the NICU. Aisley was diagnosed with a rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, at 12 days old. Many challenges and grief can come with having a child with disabilities but it also opens your life to so many incredible people and possibilities. Emily is an awareness coordinator for the CdLS Foundation and has built connections with families around the world who are impacted by CdLS.
In 2022 Emily resigned from teaching to focus on her daughter and be more present for Aisley’s preschool experience and therapies. This change also allowed the opportunity for Emily to volunteer with local non profit organizations.
Emily, her partner Ryan, and darling daughter Aisley live in Healdsburg, California. They love going for walks and escaping to the coast any chance they get.