Emily Anderson '04

The program prepares you well to enter the teaching profession, and understanding how people learn is a useful skill no matter what your professional path becomes... Teaching has taught me to be patient, to expect the unexpected, and to listen first.

Teacher Prep was one of the highlights of my Princeton experience (and one of the toughest). It gave me a whole new way of thinking about the world around me and laid the foundation for the leader I've become today. I have especially fond memories of my student teaching and taking the kids on an overnight immersive German field trip.  My experience with Teacher Prep opened the door to how I wanted to be in the service of those around me. It helped me earn a teaching spot abroad and inspired my graduate studies, which ultimately led me into Federal service. It shaped the roles I've had professionally and my ability to help those around me grow and thrive.

After graduating, I spent a year teaching in Germany as a Fulbright Fellow before coming back to complete my student teaching and work for the TPP office. Then I moved to DC to do a Master's in German/International Comparative Education at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.

Since then I've worked at the National Science Foundation, NASA and at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I started in talent development roles (leadership training, onboarding, performance coaching etc.) and then transitioned into broader operations roles. In my current position, I am responsible for the internal operations for a team of 500 staff across the U.S. that includes some leadership development training/coaching. I'm also actively involved in our mentoring program.

I love public service. Knowing that my efforts make it easier for our team to accomplish our mission motivates me each day. I also find it rewarding to see team members learn and grow as professionals.

I taught English/Music/German at the high school level. Over the past 10 years, I've taught within the Federal Government. I love teaching. It makes me feel alive to see the wheels turning and concepts click. Planning a lesson is like an intricate puzzle: what should students walk away being able to do, what information do they need, and how will they be able to practice and discover the lesson.