Emily Asmus, Social Studies Teacher

Emily Asmus, our Social Studies Teacher, has spent more years teaching in the outdoors than inside classrooms. She plans to keep bringing vivid connections to the real world to her social studies students at Willow.

Since 2007, Emily has owned and operated Welcome Table Farm here in Walla Walla. This diverse, organic farm grows vegetables, fruit, and flowers, and trains aspiring farmers. Emily loves to work hard, see meaningful results from her endeavors, and eat delicious food.

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Emily was born and raised in Walla Walla and graduated from Wa-Hi in 1996 as the “Scholar-Athlete” of the year. She attended the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon earning her BA in Environmental Studies and her MA in Education, with teaching endorsements in social studies and science. She founded the School Garden Project of Lane County, building gardens, designing curriculum, and training teachers in the use of outdoor learning classrooms. She then worked for GRuB, a  non-profit organization in Olympia, Washington leading teens in a farm-based job skill development program.

The attraction of grandparent help with raising kids, small-town community and the best soil in the world lured her back to Walla Walla in 2007. She and her husband Andy have three children — aged nine, six, and there — all future Willow students! Some days the family dog, Millie, may come along to the school to share her affection for all people.

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