Emily was born and raised in Niagara, Wisconsin. She moved to De Pere to attend Saint Norbert College to pursue a career in French education. Shortly after graduating, she started a French teaching job in Howard-Suamico School District. There, she met her husband, Aaron Yonke. Together they have two children, Harrison (March 2015) and Benjamin (September 2016), and don’t forget their cat, Walter George! She speaks only French with her two boys (and sometimes her husband and cat, too!).  In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family.
This time of year stinks

This time of year stinks.

It is long. It drags. Oh, does it ever drag! It is cold. It plays games with us with its occasional fifty degree days then right back to a harsh thirty degrees that feels like zero with that wonderful wind chill...and perhaps I have a touch of that Seasonal Affective Disorder, who knows. I can, however, say with full confidence that I have a case of the end-of-winter blues.
Being parent made me better teacher

What being a parent has taught me about being a teacher

Once I became a parent my outlook on teaching really started to evolve and transform, and I saw my profession from a whole new perspective. The following things are just a sampling of the ways I've grown as both a teacher and a parent.
Life with 2 Under 2

Life with 2 under 2

I'm not going to lie, life with 2 children under 2 years of age is quite the whirlwind, to say the least. My 2 sons, Harrison and Benjamin, are 18 months apart. I thought life...
our bilingual journey

Our Bilingual Journey

It was like with putting my second baby down "drowsy but awake" - I'm going to decide to do this, be smart about it, and make it work. And so I did. Have I faced blunders? Absolutely. But I did my research - aside from Dr. Google, I read 2 books and spoke to several parents who did it or are doing it firsthand. And here is what I've learned from the so-called "myths", fears, and misconceptions listed above: