I am originally from Verona, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, though I have been living in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota for the past 10 years.  I now call myself a Minnesotan, though my allegiance will always be equally split between the Packers and the Vikings.

I attended the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and Luther College (Decorah, IA) for my undergraduate schooling, graduating from Luther in 2012 with a BA in biology.  Additionally, at both St. Thomas and Luther, I competed on the varsity cross country and track & field teams.

In my first year out of college, I worked as a naturalist in Lanesboro, Minnesota, at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (the southeastern MN equivalent to Wolf Ridge).  I taught a wide variety of science, cultural history, and adventure courses and developed a passion for raptors.  In 2013-2014, I returned to Luther College to serve as an assistant cross country and track & field coach and as a teaching assistant in the human cadaver lab on campus.  These experiences in education and coaching convinced me that it was time to return to the classroom and earn my teaching licensure.  

In 2014-15, I worked to earn my teaching license through Winona State University’s Teacher Preparation Collaborative program, which is a graduate-level teaching licensure program based in Rochester, Minnesota.  After taking education coursework in the summer, I spent all of the 2014-2015 school year at Century High School in Rochester, where I served as an intern teacher under the mentorship of two veteran science teachers.  I taught 9th grade biology and had the opportunity to grow as an educator on a daily basis.

I transitioned from life in the Driftless Region of northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota to the North Shore in the summer of 2015.  I worked as a summer naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, teaching many classes and continuing to work with animals.  Mid-summer, I was lucky enough to get a long-term sub job at Cook County, filling in for April while she was on maternity leave.  I had such a great time that I stuck around and subbed throughout the building during the 2015-16 school year.

Last year, I taught 7th grade life science, 7th grade health/PE, and K-3rd grade gym. It was an eye-opening and humbling first year, and I am excited to be back to learn more from the amazing students of Cook County.

With my free time, I am an avid distance runner and have found the trails and roads of northern Minnesota to be a new challenge.  Additionally, I love rock and ice climbing and get out every weekend (and sometimes on week nights!) to enjoy the incredible natural climbing venues along the North Shore.  I also enjoy reading, backpacking, kayaking, and spending time with family.  

The end of summer 2017 was exciting, as I got married over Labor Day weekend. My husband, Shane, has served as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in the school district (and hence, we are known as the Steele-Spoons to many students in the building).  He also works as a climbing guide in the area and developed the North Shore Youth Climbing Team this past summer.

My photo is from Devils Tower this summer.  Shane and I spent three weeks rock climbing and running in Wyoming and Colorado.  It was an incredible experience!


Emma Spoon 
Middle School Science/Gym/Health
218-387-2271 X105
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