Emily Maeda is the Director of the Upper School at the Paideia School in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where she teaches the humanities, speech and debate, and Latin. She and her husband own and operate Tree of Life, an award-winning landscape design firm. Trained as a classical pianist, she performs professionally and directs music at her church. She has home-schooled her seven children for the last 20 years. Her greatest joys are reading poetry, making music with her children, and sitting on the porch of her rarely quiet house.