Three Minutes with Emily Cotterell

Emily Cotterell

Teacher, McNary Heights Elementary School

When and why did you move to Umatilla?

In 2004 teaching jobs were few and far between. I applied all over the state of Oregon for a teaching job. I told myself I would end up getting a job wherever God saw fit for me. I do not remember applying to the Umatilla School District ... but I made the 200-mile trip anyway for an interview, was offered the job, and, 17 years later, haven’t looked back since! One of the best decisions I ever made!

What is your favorite place to eat in Umatilla?

I love Java Junkies! I also recently tried The Bridge, and it was amazing!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time with my family and friends, especially with my two amazing daughters, Lucy and Hadley. I also enjoy crafting, cooking, reading, and writing.

What surprises you about Umatilla?

The amazing community! Never judge a book by its cover! Umatilla is so much more than the town I live and teach in. I can’t really put into words how to describe it ... it’s just something special!

What was the last book you read?

I’ve been leaning on my faith lately, so various parts of the Bible. Also, teaching books.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

Amazon Prime ... my go-to!

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

There are too many things to pick just one! My life is made up of way too many “funniest things.”

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being a mom to my two proudest “accomplishments”!

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