Emily Hoeh Boyd
Emily grew up in East Aurora, New York as the middle child with two brothers. She attended school at East Aurora Central School District. In preparation to leave high school, Emily used this quote to describe herself in the senior yearbook. “Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill” (Jacob M. Braude). The belief everyone has a purpose in life would hold true as she began her educational pursuits in Special Education and Childhood Education.
After high school Emily attended Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Her five years there were full of activities including being part of the Residence Life Staff, Orientation Leaders Staff, and Historian for Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta (Special Education Honorary) as well as working at the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education as a Graduate Assistant. She completed her masters project at the Thomas Reynolds Center in the area of mathematics using dines blocks to support basic computation skills.
Leaving Daemen College with a wealth of experiences and knowledge she set her eye on obtaining a full time teaching position in the local area so she could be closer to her family. The following summer, Emily took a summer teaching position at the Aspire Center for Learning in the Work Skills Program serving fifteen to twenty one year olds with profound disabilities, in a community based employment preparation program. Emily enjoyed her time during the summer and therefore stayed on for the next three summers. The following fall, Emily secured a teaching position at the Springville Central School Distract as a primary special education teacher. Over the next five years she had experience teaching in the resource room, special class and consultant teacher models working with all different types of service providers and support staff professionals.
Now, as Emily plans for the future her path has changed direction from classroom instruction. The Special Education and Technology Leadership grant, has led her back to school as a doctoral student at the University of Buffalo. This opportunity in the Joint Doctoral Program with Buffalo State College will allow her to better serve the community of special education. In the classroom, Emily found there were gaps in the educational system she could help support with the appropriate education and training. During the next four years Emily plans to take away knowledge in research, theories, child development, teacher preparation and instruction. After completing the Joint Doctoral Program, Emily will have the knowledge and skills necessary to better serve the special education community.