Emily Tellez earned an M.A. in Ministry Studies from Grace Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Counseling from Grace College. She also holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the International TEFL Academy.
Before teaching at Northwestern, Emily taught both online and in the classroom at Grace College (Winona Lake, Indiana). She has also taught English as a foreign or new language to both children and adults in Colombia, China (online) and in the United States. She is also an English/Spanish educational interpreter/translator.
Emily spent most of her childhood in Bogota, Colombia. After finishing a Bible certificate in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she served in youth ministry in Honduras for two years, and then in the English ministry of Michiana Korean Presbyterian Church in Indiana for four years. Afterward, Emily directed and taught English in a church-based ministry in Winona Lake, Indiana, and was involved in homeschool education for six years. For the past five years, she was a part of the leadership team of a multi-ethnic church plant in Atlanta, Georgia. Emily loves teaching and equipping others to reach their full potential.
In her free time, Emily drinks coffee (alone and with friends), runs for fun, and watches movies with her family. She has been married for twenty years to Juan Carlos (assistant professor of Intercultural Studies here at Northwestern) and has four children, Sara, Lucas, Julian, and Mateo, and one crazy dog named Jazz.