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Emily was born and raised in Salem and graduated with a degree in English from Columbia University. She began her career as a middle school teacher in public and private schools in Phoenix, Arizona, and Oakland, California. She earned a Masters in School Leadership with a focus on Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Emily moved to New Orleans nine months after Katrina and worked in charter schools there as a teacher, teacher developer, and curriculum coordinator. She has professional experience working with all ages in elementary, middle and high schools, and through her involvement in a cooperative preschool, homeschooling communities, scouting and youth groups, and summer camps.

She is a writer and her essays on family life have appeared in several parenting websites, such as Literary Mama and Hip Mama. Emily is married and has four children.

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Angela began her career as an elementary school teacher. After serving as an elementary school principal, Angela joined the faculty of the School of Education at Willamette University and taught undergraduate and graduate level Education courses. She served as the Inservice Coordinator for the Oregon Writing Project for almost ten years, providing professional development in the area of literacy for certified teachers throughout Oregon.

Angela's family joined the Heritage community in 2008. Since 2013, Angela has worked as a writing mentor at Heritage School, as well as through a variety of local education programs. Angela has experience working with preschool children through adults (within public and private schools, community groups, online, and in private consultation). She holds a current State of Oregon teaching license and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Education: Teacher Leadership. 

A long time resident of Salem, Angela is married and has two sons (who previously attended Heritage School). Outside of school, you’ll see the Obery family at the library, cooking for family and friends, and traveling, so as to learn more about this beautiful planet and its people.


"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world."

-- Malala Yousafzai

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