About Us
Wayfinder Core Team

Emily Lockhart

Director of Partnerships
Emily Lockhart

Growing up in Minnesota, Emily learned the value of education through her parents, who taught in their local school district. Upon graduation from DePauw University, she joined the Teach for America corps in St. Louis, where she taught middle school math and fell in love with teaching/mentoring/coaching/learning from young people. 

The desire to become a part of an organization with a track record of overcoming systemic inequity led her to Noble Schools in Chicago. Emily became Muchin College Prep’s founding Algebra teacher. Over eight years, Emily taught and led as math department chair and Dean of Instruction. While at Muchin, she earned her master’s in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in partnership with the KIPP School Leadership Program. Emily was privileged to serve the Muchin College Prep community as principal for seven years. Under Emily's leadership, Muchin College Prep was one of the highest-performing, non-selective high schools in the city of Chicago. She has a proven track record of building and leading high-performing, diverse, and inclusive teams that create equitable outcomes for young people. 

Emily transitioned to Accelerate Institute as Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment, where she provided leadership coaching and development to Chicago Public Schools principals. She developed principals’ ability to plan strategically, implement change management, and cultivate essential leadership competencies to serve their school communities effectively. 

Outside of her career, Emily loves spending time with her husband, daughter, dog, and extended family, who fill her cup daily!

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