Rita “Em” Emery

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Title: Physical Education Educator

Location: Suisun City, California, United States

Rita Emery has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical education.

Ms. Emery started her career as an instructor of physical education, working as a playground director and a coach during the summers. Growing up, she wanted to be a surgeon because she liked operating on things, however, the more she became involved with physical education, the more she enjoyed it and that is how she became a physical education teacher. When she was growing up, they only had sports days within the school, but as she got older, she did AAU basketball and other sports. When she attended Contra Costa College, there was a gentleman there who looked after her and he made her the intramural director at the college. She has taught physical education from third grade all the way to college.

In addition to earning an AA at Contra Costa College in 1960, Ms. Emery earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chico State College in 1963 and a Master of Arts from Washington State University in 1977. From 1963 to 1965, she served as an instructor of physical education and coach at Churchill County High School. She then spent the next decade as an educator and department chair of Lower Lake High School. Following this, she dedicated her services as the coach of women’s softball at Contra Costa College and then at Oregon State University. From 1985 to 1989, Ms. Emery worked at the St. Leonard School. Throughout the 1990s, she inspired students and athletes as an educator at Campbell Unified School District, Vacaville Unified School District, the Club Sport of Pleasant, California, and the Vallejo City Unified School District.

An obstacle Ms. Emery faced early on in her academic pursuits was during her high school years when she was continuously told that she would never amount to anything in her life and career. She made it a point in her career to prove these negative influences wrong and to instead inspire and support her own students in a way she felt she hadn’t been supported. After receiving a master’s degree, she returned to the high school she attended and confronted the educators that had made false statements about her future. In her current endeavors, Ms. Emery works for the Suisun Wildlife Center and teaches children about possums and snakes. She has also contributed to the book, “Melange: Musings on Life from a Writer’s Pen.”

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