Emily was born and raised here in Tenaha, Texas. She graduated from Tenaha High School in 2007. Afterwards, Emily attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2010 and Master of Education in 2013. She began her employment with Tenaha ISD in August of 2010 as a 3rd grade teacher. Emily currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the district.