Emilie is a training program alumnus who is now employed as a part-time teaching assistant at Tomorrow’s Hope. Emilie grew up in western Washington, she was raised by a close-knit family who helped to foster her passions.
In her childhood, Emilie was homeschooled throughout elementary school and went to middle school and high school in public school. Her relationship with school was rocky for most of her time in middle and high school. She struggled to keep up with schoolwork, and she often felt like the amount of schoolwork she was receiving was overwhelming. Emilie struggled with those feelings until high school. In high school, Emilie was diagnosed with Autism and ADD. She said the diagnosis was bittersweet. She was happy to have found a path to help her cope and receive the support she needed with her struggles. However, she still felt left out and different, it took her time to feel comfortable with her diagnosis; “the most important lesson I learned in my life is that everyone moves at different paces. It is okay to move at a different pace” Emilie said. That pace was one of compassion, empathy, and the desire to help. Emilie wanted to help wherever help was needed, volunteering her time at grocery stores and delis in Marysville.