My name is Emily Deakin. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The next step in my life brought me to CU in Boulder to graduate with a double major in communication and psychology and earn an elementary teaching certificate as well. Of course, Colorado's beauty, weather, mountains, and finding my husband of 25 plus years, all kept me here. I taught kindergarten and first grade in Boulder for over 4 years before deciding to do in-home daycare and teach preschool while our children were young. Missing the first graders, I went back to teaching first grade for over 9 years at Thornton Elementary and have remained at Centennial Elementary ever since. I have 3 wonderful grown children who have attended Adams 12 Schools as well. I am very happy to be at such a warm and welcoming school! Centennial is a five minute drive from my home, making it a fantastic location for me as well. First grade is such an amazing year to watch young minds grow. My hope is that our students become caring, inquiring people who are open-minded, life-long learners.