Emily Marques is the Assistant Director of the Cloud Forest School. She has worked in community development and education in the US and internationally for over twenty years. She began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher and since then has worked with all age groups from early childhood through college in both community-based organizations and public school systems. Emily believes that schools are the heart of the community and is passionate about nurturing connectedness among students, teachers, and families in service to thriving kids and communities. Emily received her BA in Spanish from Fort Lewis College and an MA in Education from Arizona State University. She also has studied Latin American Studies at the graduate level. Emily is married to Francisco Marques, the music teacher at the Cloud Forest School, and their son Mateo attends the school.