Ms. Emily Beck
B.A. in Environmental Biology, Colgate University
Emily Beck serves as the Director of the Chesapeake Watershed Semester and as Gunston’s Director of Environmental Programs. Prior to coming to Gunston, Emily spent three years in Charlottesville, VA serving as the program director of the environmental education nonprofit, The Green Adventure Project.
During the COVID19 pandemic, Emily stepped into an interim role as Gunston’s Director of Distance Learning, leading faculty professional development and co-chairing the executive Steering Committee. In collaboration with the administrative team and lead teachers, all faculty members undertook a comprehensive summer institute offering over 30 hours of professional development, coordinated by Emily.
Emily has over fifteen years of formal and non-formal teaching experience and has worked for many notable environmental education organizations including Shelburne Farms, National Audubon Society, and W. Alton Jones Center of the University of Rhode Island. She taught at the Woolman Semester, a Quaker semester school in California, and the Westtown School.
Since arriving at Gunston in 2013, Emily has worked to bring environmental education best-practices to the school’s Chesapeake Bay Studies Program, and she authored the school’s first-ever Environmental Strategic Plan. She co-authored two presentations at the NAIS Conference (2016, 2020). Emily co-leads the annual Environmental Leadership for Independent School Leaders each summer.
Emily holds a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Colgate University, and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England with a focus in conservation biology and ecological literacy.
Emily would rather be outdoors than in, and loves exploring the Eastern Shore with her two and four legged family members.