"Hello, my name is Emily and I am the Program Director here in Rockford. I am originally from Holt but I moved to Grand Rapids in 2010 when I started college at Grand Valley State University. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grand Valley and my K-5 Teaching Certificate. During my years at Grand Valley I was a nanny and worked at Grand Valley’s preschool on campus. After student teaching in a first grade classroom, I was a substitute teacher in Wayland Union Schools. I love being a teacher for so many reasons. Each child has a different story but they all share a curiosity for the world around them, a love for learning, laughter and innocence. I chose to work at AppleTree because AppleTree provides quality care for families and those families in turn see AppleTree as an extension of their families. I am getting married in April to my best friend, Ryan. In our free time we like to go bike riding, eat yummy food and hangout with friends and family!"