Emely Paulino has always loved learning. Growing up, she had many teachers and mentors that helped cultivate her passion for languages and literature. This passion was further developed throughout her time at Bard College, where Emely worked as a writing tutor on campus and volunteered as a Spanish tutor at a men’s correctional facility. She was able to help improve her students’ writing and critical thinking skills and refine her own academic pursuits and pedagogical approach. Most importantly, Emely’s experiences as a tutor and as an undergraduate student helped shape her own understanding of the importance of educational access and reform.
Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Studies and a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Emely continues to use her language skills and interest in education at her current job with Advocates for Children (AFC). At AFC, Emely is part of an organization that is committed to protecting the educational rights of children in New York City, particularly those who come from low-income backgrounds and face additional barriers to their academic success as well as difficulties accessing resources. In her work as a private tutor, Emely supports students from elementary through high school with subject matter expertise, writing coaching, executive function coaching, standardized test preparation, and Spanish instruction.
Emely’s professional and volunteer experience has allowed her to work with students of various ages and backgrounds. She is an advocate for innovative approaches to learning that are inclusive and empowering. Her favorite memories as a student were of participating in classes that challenged her to think differently about the culture and society that we live in.
When she is not working, Emely enjoys reading and visiting museums. After studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, she aspires to travel through Central and South America and visit historic sites.