Community Member Profile: Emily Schimelman

Hamden Hall Country Day School
Hamden, CT

About Emily Schimelman

Emily Schimelman is a 4th grade teacher at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, CT where she has been teaching for 6 years. Hamden Hall is also her proud alma mater (Go Hornets!). She teaches language arts, reading and her specialty, social studies. Her class units of study range from the history of Connecticut, to European immigration, civil rights, government, and the fifty states.

Emily has been active in fostering a partnership with Mystic Seaport where she has worked with the education staff to create a year- long unit on American whaling, life at sea and of course, the Charles W. Morgan.  Not only do her classes visit Mystic Seaport multiple times a year, they have virtual classes and in-school visits as well!  Over the 2012-2013 school year, she, along with her co-workers brainstormed an innovative “Mystic Seaport Festival,” a hands on, interactive festival celebrating Mystic Seaport and all things related to whaling.

Emily's connections to the Museum go beyond the classroom.  In 2012, she participated in the Mystic Seaport Summer Teacher’s Institute, where her love and interest for all things maritime peaked.  She also returned during the summer of 2013, to create content for the Mystic Seaport for Educators website.  Her dedication to Mystic Seaport and students made Emily an ideal recipient of the Museum's Orion Award which she was awarded in the fall of 2013.  She remarked that receiving the Orion Award was "one of the biggest honors in my short teaching career."

Emily and her husband Benjamin have been married since 2009 and they live with an adorably sweet cat named “Bette,” who they rescued almost two years ago. In her spare time, she plays piano (she's been playing over 20 years!), paints, coaches, and runs enrichment programs for students. 

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