Emily Gates grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Christian schools K-12. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2010, where she double majored in Elementary Education and Theology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Emily has taught fourth grade since 2010, and has been at CCCA since 2012. Her goal as a teacher is to empower students to tackle challenges with confidence and a positive attitude. It is a blessing for her to get to share Christ’s love with her students every day! Emily loves traveling with her husband Brett, and they are both big fans of all the Cleveland and Columbus sports teams. They have a daughter, Charlotte, who is the joy of their lives. She also enjoys reading, running, attending concerts and plays, and exploring every corner of Columbus.