School Life

Parent Engagement

A strong and lasting relationship with our families is a distinctive quality of the Emma Willard School experience. Whether you live near or far, we are delighted to offer you a variety of opportunities to participate in our community. From attending events and welcoming new families to providing students with the wisdom of your experience and participating in the Emma Fund, we are most grateful to our families who contribute to empowering our students through their active engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Parent EMbassadors Program

Members of the Parent EMbassadors Program (PEP) serve as a resource to Emma Willard School’s administration as well as to current and prospective families. At meetings held on campus each Fall Family Weekend and at least one other time during the school year (in person or virtually), Association members receive updates and a closer look at current priorities and topics of discussion at the School.

Opportunities to Engage

List of 5 items.

  • RECORDING: PEP Meeting and DEI Conversation with Christine Gilmore

    If you were unable to attend the February 28 PEP DEI Conversation with Christine Gilmore, "Understanding the Assignment," the recording is available here (passcode is .vA4w9$k). 
  • Fundraising in partnership with the Advancement Office

    Chair: Wencui Zhao P'23
    • Set a standard for Parent Philanthropy by making an Emma Fund gift or commitment that is meaningful and significant for them. Doing so raises the bar for others and engenders confidence in asking other parents to give
    • Encourage and cultivate philanthropic participation of other parents
    • Advise, when requested, Emma Willard School Advancement on strategies around parent philanthropy, including giving, asking, joining, and serving
    • Thank families for their gift – this solidifies the personal relationship between the donor and Emma Willard School and helps encourage future philanthropy
  • Admissions in partnership with the Admissions Office

    Co-Chairs - Kara Guthrie P’16 ‘18 ‘22 and Koethi Zan P’21 ‘24

    Parent volunteers are an important regional resource to families going through the independent school search and the admission process. Members will be asked to:
    • Outreach to new families entering or considering joining the Emma Willard School community
    • Attend events with prospective families, including participating in Best Fit Days on campus
  • Parents' Social Network

    Chair - Kelly Lanahan P'20 '23
    • Provide an opportunity for casual interaction amongst our parent community
    • Offer a place for new members of the parent community to learn about the parent experience at Emma Willard School
    • Help parents navigate the obstacles of being a high school parent
  • Partner with the Experiential Learning Team

    Chair - Noriko Iikuni P'22
    • Partner with the Director(s) of Practicum and Signature, Assistant Director of Student Life and Director of Service Learning on special projects and initiatives
    • Attend Spring Showcase (May) where student work and experiences will be highlighted

Contact Us

Ann Dejnozka
Head of Advancement
Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

By email:

By phone: 518-833-1779
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
Welcome to Emma Willard School, a private day and boarding high school for girls in Troy, NY, and a leader in girls' education for over 200 years. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).