Welcome! My name is Emily Neff. I was born and raised in Westchester, New York, and attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. I received a Bachelors of Science in Marine Science, with a minor in biology and a minor in coastal geology. After completing my undergraduate degree, I started applying to graduate schools in the northeast, knowing that I couldn't stray from my roots for too long. My mother being a first grade teacher, I grew up in her classroom. I was always helping out with her class after school when I was young, and when I was home from college as I got older. It wasn’t until the end of my undergrad career that I started thinking about what I wanted to do with my degree, and thought about teaching as an option, and realized how much sense it made for me. I applied to Western Connecticut State University because my mom had received her Master’s in teaching from WCSU, and loved the program. Shortly after I was accepted, and started the MAT program (Masters of Arts in Teaching). I also interviewed and was selected to be the graduate assistant to the coordinator of the MAT program at the time, Dr. Bonnie Rabe. I took classes through the summer and fall. At the end of the fall semester and into the spring semester I decided I needed to take some time off from school for personal reasons. I applied to a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program in Florence, Italy and was accepted. I moved to Florence in June of 2014 and completed the one-month program. I was then hired at the end of the program by the school, The American Language Center, as a teacher. I taught conversation classes, private lessons, SAT, ACT, MAT, GMAT, TOEFL prep, and business English classes for a private business school that hired the American Language Center. I lived and worked in Florence until December of 2014, and then returned to the United States to finish my Master’s at WCSU. I started student teaching at Newtown High School under the supervision and guidance of Kateri Kenney in January, and will complete the MAT program by the end of July.