New Faculty Spotlight: Emily Bowditch, Kindergarten Teacher

Emily Bowditch’s introduction to Moorestown Friends as the new Kindergarten Teacher simultaneously marks her return to the United States, after teaching around the world for years.

After studying history and early childhood education at The College of Wooster in Ohio, Emily completed her student teaching in Australia, where she participated in a Global Student Teaching program and taught in a Grade 1 and 2 combined classroom. Emily then moved to Asia to begin her career as a lead elementary educator.

“I enjoyed traveling in Australia and learning about different cultures,” said Emily. “So I decided to continue my time abroad and I moved to Thailand.”

In the capital city Bangkok, Emily became the founding Preschool teacher at Anubaan Assarat School, where she worked for two years. She then transitioned to the Stamford American International School in Singapore, where she was the Kindergarten teacher and grade level team leader for the next three years.  

“While at Stamford, I continued to develop my love for learning and teaching by pursuing professional development, honing my teaching skills, and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of the students,” she said.

This year, Emily felt it was finally time to return home to the U.S. and has found a warm and welcoming community at MFS. She has two close partners in veteran Teaching Assistant Norma DeGroat and fellow Kindergarten Teacher Kenya Barber.

She is eager to continue to develop her students’ love for learning each day.

“I enjoy teaching students to ask questions and wonder about the world around them,” said Emily. “I hope to develop my students’ confidence and excitement to learn. I love to see the progress that my students make academically and socially throughout the year.”

Emily credits her family, especially her parents and grandmother, for instilling in her a drive for lifelong education. All teachers as well, Emily always felt strongly motivated and supported by her family of fellow educators.

Over the summer, Emily enjoyed spending time with her family at the beach. She also loves running, cooking, reading, swimming, and, of course, traveling.