LMU double alumna Emily Vellanoweth Ingistov ’03 teaches sixth through eighth grade math at Westchester Lutheran School. A product of Catholic schools, Emily came to LMU interested in becoming a lawyer. While she earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science, Emily realized that she wanted to become a teacher when she started a work-study job as a site coordinator for the America Reads literacy program.

After college, Emily taught at Visitation Catholic Elementary School and returned to LMU to earn her master’s degree in elementary education and multiple subject teaching credential with a Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) emphasis. She excelled academically and was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.

“The LMU program was very hands on,” says Emily. “I was able to take what I was learning and immediately apply it to my classroom. Most importantly, I was a part of a diverse learning community that prepared me to work with diverse student populations, especially students with learning disabilities. I learned how to effectively modify and adapt the curriculum to meet individual student needs.” Emily is especially grateful for the excellent SOE faculty, saying, “The faculty were always approachable and willing to provide guidance, especially my advisor and mentor Mary McCullough.”

Emily has found that teaching satisfies the responsibility she feels to give back, remarking, “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students fully understand the material. That’s why I provide one-on-one tutoring and founded and continue to moderate my school’s afterschool Homework Club for middle school students with special learning needs.” Emily also introduced the Student Success Team program, to Westchester Lutheran School teachers and staff, where it is now fully implemented in support of students with special needs. The program, which she learned about at LMU, provides teachers with modifications and accommodations to help students in need.

Emily is now seeking to take the next step and become an administrator, having earned a master’s degree with honors in school administration from National University and her administrative services credential, where she again excelled academically and was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, an international honor society in education. Emily remains committed to social justice and the values instilled through her many years of Catholic education, ready to effect change at a higher level.

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