Fellow Profile: Emily Stout
Social Studies Teacher, William G. Enloe High School
My fellow alumni tell me they value my work. I hope that my stories motivate them to encourage policies that do the same.
Read more from Emily's Duke Chronicle Op-Ed "Give teachers a place at the table" here.
Emily Stout was a Resident TeachHouse fellow from 2016 to 2018 and a Non-Resident Fellow from 2018 to present. She has taught high school Social Studies at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, NC, since 2016. At school, she teaches Civics and Conversations in Diversity, an elective course on identity and social justice. She also advises Crescenloe, an award-winning a cappella group, and helps lead the Teacher Racial Equity Team. Emily holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University (2016). She is an avid traveler who spends her summers participating in teacher institutes around the world. She has completed teacher fellowships with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Atlantik-Bruecke, and the National WWII Museum. Within TeachHouse, Emily has led professional development on applying for summer institutes. She traveled to Finland with TeachHouse in 2018, and served as a panelist at the “We Are All on the Students' Side: Finding Common Ground in the Education Landscape” event in Washington, DC in February 2020. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, baking, dancing, running, and hiking. She is from Cranbury, New Jersey.
What are you passionate about in education?
One of the things that I have become most passionate about in the past couple of years is creating a space for students to talk about identity and social issues in the classroom. I was always very passionate about teaching social issues and I taught civics so it fit well there. But the past couple of years I’ve taught an elective called “Conversations in Diversity'' where we focus on race, sexuality, and social issues. The students’ feedback from that class really inspires me because they have said they don’t have a lot of spaces to have these conversations and that they have learned so much from their classmates in this class. I’m also on my schools Racial Equity Committee and I so firmly believe that every child, regardless of his/her racial background or community’s racial background, must have a space to talk through these issues. I think we’ve seen recently that this is especially important and I’m very passionate about helping other teachers begin to have these conversations and/or build the space in their classrooms to have students safely discuss these things.