Emily Cotton

B.S., Art Education, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Emily’s quest for authentic learning environments started on her family Fields of Cotton Farm. Her experiences with imaginative play, believing she was Annie Oakley, and her drive for exploration inspires her love of learning. She is an MA candidate in the Learning and Design Master’s program and a Graduate Associate for CNDLS. Her undergraduate degree is in Art Education, K-12. In her personal career as an educator, she has endeavored to create environments of community, inquiry and self-government. Some of her experience include student coordinator for online advising at BYU-I, Shumway Academy, a private K-8 school focusing on integrated subjects and grades, a classroom Art teacher, K-8, The Nature Academy, a naturalist approach for an interactive outdoor classroom, Model Classrooms, a higher educational model exposing future teachers to a student-centered classroom. Emily also taught as an Adjunct Education Professor instructing practicum students in Educational Psychology and Principles of Teaching where the focus was on exploring different learning theories and practices that build autonomy and intrinsic motivation. In her spare time, Emily enjoys anything athletic, watercolor painting, exploring D.C. museums, reading all genres, and listening to people’s life stories.