Emilie Day Correa, Ed. D. has over 16 years of experience in the field of education. Originally from the far north suburbs of Chicago, she received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Upon graduation, Emilie moved back to her hometown to become a Bilingual Education teacher. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. After eight years of teaching Bilingual Education, Emilie taught Spanish as a Foreign Language and pursued a second Master’s degree in School Counseling. In December of 2017, Emilie earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus in Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
Emilie learned early in her teaching career that more important than planning and facilitating daily lessons of academia, were the relationships and connections she developed with her students. She realized that she had a natural ability and inclination to build respectful, trustworthy relationships with her students, colleagues, and the parent community. Emilie discovered that the most interesting subject matter to teach was not social studies, language arts, or Spanish, it was the students themselves. It became very obvious that what most inspired her teaching practice was human connection, Social Emotional Learning, and well-being. Emilie is married to Luis Fernando Correa, middle school principal, and has two children, Luis Fernando Jr. and Evelyn Day. Emilie is the epitome of a lifelong learner. She hopes to continue to write books and promote SEL for all stakeholders in the educational community. In addition to writing, Emilie enjoys travel, golf, reading, painting, building birdhouses from recycled and repurposed material, playing chess, dancing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and spending time with family.