Emily Blanchard is a Michigan native, and has been an educator since 1993. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in math, science, and art. Blanchard spent 15 years teaching middle school mathematics in Clark County, Nevada. She served as a member of school improvement teams, was a cross-curricular learning strategist, participated as the only elected teacher on the Nevada State Support Team for her school, mentored dozens of new teachers, and was recognized as East Region Teacher of the Year. Blanchard completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She left the desert, moved to the mountains of Colorado, and started working for Denver Public Schools in 2008. As a member of Goodwill's Youth Career Development Team, Blanchard has taught and developed curricula for classes that teach students job and life skills, counseled students with personal struggles, and coached high school upper-class students in identifying and pursuing their post-secondary dreams. Blanchard's lifelong goals are to help others achieve all they can and to always be learning something new herself.