Educate Tomorrow Board Member: Virginia  Emmons

Virginia Emmons

The Drexel Fund Founders Program Fellow

Virginia Emmons McNaught - is a co-founder of Educate Tomorrow.  She was CEO of Educate Tomorrow from 2003-2010.  From 2013-June 2020 Virginia led Educate Tomorrow's fund development, strategic planning and innovative programming including the pilot of the Global Field Academy.  Beginning on July 1st, 2020 Virginia has become a full-time fellow with The Drexel Fund Founders Program.  She was chosen out of a "nationwide pool of applicants through a rigorous selection process that led them to choose her for her entrepreneurial spirit and capacity to design and open a high performing private school that serves low-income students".  

In recent years Virginia has led the development of programs and funding to serve children and their families expanding Educate Tomorrow's population to a younger and older demographic using a similar individualized approach to enrichment and skill building as Educate Tomorrow's traditional programs.  In 2019 Virginia was invited to be a member of Miami Dade College's Baccalaureate in Education Advisory Committee for this work.  Virginia helped to lead the groundswell of support as co-founder of the SEED School of Miami, a public, college preparatory boarding school for at-promise 6-12 graders, when at full capacity will operate at $10M in annual funding. In 2015, Virginia was recognized at the Red Cross Women's Spectrum Awards for her work in Education.  She is also the recipient of the Florida International University PATH Award for Well-Being, which she received with her husband.  She was awarded the Junior League's Women Who Make A Difference Award and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Everyday Freedom Hero Award.  She was featured in the book America's Way to Change and was recognized at the White House by both President Bush and President Obama as developing one of twenty national Programs With Promise. 

In 2012, Virginia was a finalist for the White House Fellowship.  Virginia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote village in Niger, West Africa and continues to support the schools she helped establish. She has represented the Peace Corps as a spokesperson for White House events and was the most recent past President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida. 

Raised as the youngest of eight from humble beginnings in Greendale, Wisconsin, she has traveled to over 50 countries. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she was student body President and on the varsity soccer team. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Master's in Education, specializing in Community & Social Change.

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