Meet Emma Tobias, NLA’s Middle Warriors Coordinator for the afterschool programs at Arsenal, Westinghouse, Arlington, and Morrow.

Who are you?  Where are you from?  How did you get here?

My name is Emma Tobias.  I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh but only just moved back to the city in June.  I graduated from the University of New England in southern Maine in 2011, and spent the past 3 years teaching 6th grade science in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.  I’m very happy to be back closer to family and friends!

What is your role with Neighborhood Learning Alliance?

I am currently working on establishing the Middle Warriors program at Arsenal, Westinghouse, Arlington, and Morrow.  I will also be taking on a role as part the tech team and helping to develop the STEM curriculum.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I really love to travel.  This past summer, I spent some time in California visiting family, then went to Colorado to spend time with friends.  From there, I drove back up to Pennsylvania, and got to stop and see some beautiful places along the way.  I’m looking forward to a trip to Hawaii this spring for my birthday!

What’s a “fun fact” about yourself people may not know?

People might be surprised to find out that I used to work as a deckhand on sailboats.  I worked on a beautiful wooden boat in Maine for several summers, and spent almost a year working on a boat in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  It is definitely a passion of mine, but unfortunately the three rivers aren’t great for sailing!

Who or what inspires you?

This is a challenging question to answer, but I would say that kids definitely inspire me to be a good person and work towards achieving my full potential as an educator.  I would like to think that along the way, I can inspire some kids to be the best they can be as well!