Every Monday, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania will be featuring a new site staff member! Today’s spotlight will be on Greater Johnstown Community School Director, Emily Price.

1. What is one thing you can’t live without?

Coffee! Or espresso.

2. If you had unlimited time, what hobby or skill would you want to start?

I would love to learn to speak as many different languages as possible, enabling me to communicate with anyone I meet and to see the world from new perspectives.

3. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

This may be more of a fun fact, but… I have double-jointed elbows, can put sunscreen on my own back, and push my elbows past 90 degrees. It’s a great skill to have, and a fun trick to show kids :)

4. Name three things that define you as an individual.

I am deeply committed to advocacy and the pursuit of social justice; I am passionate and dedicate myself fully to causes, groups, and individuals I support; I am fiercely independent and treasure alone time to recharge but absolutely love connecting with new people and learning new ways of thinking and being in the world.

5. Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration?

Vivian Gussin Paley, a prolific author, teacher, and advocate for the importance of play in childhood.

6. What advice would you give your younger self?

Be as patient with yourself as you are with others.

7. What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?

I would like to be a librarian, a children’s book author, a child psychologist, an architect, or whoever comes up with the names for nail polish shades. So creative!

8. What drives you to do this type of work?

The belief that the integration of equity-oriented approaches to teaching and learning, which seek to affirm children’s humanity and agency, is an issue of social justice, and will ultimately enable children to envision and guide the development of a more equitable, identity-affirming, and collaborative society.

9. What is the best part about working with Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania?

I just started last week, but so far I have loved the direct interaction with children and teachers, and collaboratively developing a vision for the affirming culture we seek to build in the elementary school and the surrounding community.