NYSEF is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Wheeler to its winter staff. Emily will be serving as the Residential Life Coordinator for this season’s Junior Development Winter Term Program, living at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid with the Winter Term athletes.
Born and raised in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Emily attended Burke Mountain Academy and Middlebury College competing in Nordic skiing until 2005. Since college, she has been traveling the world and working with various youth programs including summer camps, urban farms, a horticulture therapy program and semester program in Northern Caifornia. In 2011, she spent a season recruiting and teaching nordic skiing to elementary and middle school students in Burlington, Vermont as part of the Catamount Trail Association’s mission to increase access and appreciation for the sport. In 2013, Emily completed her M.Ed in Community Education with a focus on youth programs at Goddard College. Perhaps Emily’s most adventurous undertaking with youth was leading 10 teenagers on a summer trip to Mongolia (where she also studied abroad) in 2014 with the Vermont-based organization, the Experiment in International Living.
After living in California and Hawai’i for the past 5 years, Emily is looking forward to a cold and snow-filled winter in the Northeast. When not baking muffins or taking students on fun outings, Emily plans to spend her time exploring the mountains around Lake Placid, reading, doing yoga, drinking tea and planning her next adventure.
“I’m really looking forward to being part of the Winter Term program,” writes Wheeler. “As a former student-athlete, I’m aware of the demands placed on busy young students, and I look forward to helping these young adults to feel at home at the OTC, and to find the right balance between academics, athletics and community.”