Mrs. Emily Devereaux

Social Studies Department Chair

Academy of Our Lady of Peace Class of 2000

Education & Credentials:

  • B.A. in Social Science from San Diego State University
  • M.A. in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Pedagogy from San Diego State University
  • Single-Subject Teaching Credential (Social Science) from San Diego State University

Biography: 

Emily is a teacher in the Social Science Department and currently serves as the Department Chair. She teaches AP World History, World History, and Herstory: Women in American History. Emily is also an alumna of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), Class of 2000. Since her original decision in 1996, she has continued to choose OLP as a place to teach because she believes deeply in the mission of the school, in educating and empowering girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. Part in parcel with her alma mater providing a remarkable education for girls from all walks of life and with all sorts of learning styles, OLP produces women who act responsibly, think critically, excel academically, thrive socially, and graduate ready to successfully negotiate post-secondary studies and lead in their chosen fields.

Before returning to OLP as a teacher in 2008, Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies with a concentration in feminist pedagogy, and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science from San Diego State University (SDSU). During graduate school, she also held two Teaching Assistantships at SDSU for Women’s Studies 340: Women in European History and interned at the San Diego Women’s History Museum. From 2008–2013, Emily taught courses in the Department of English and coached the Speech Team. From 2015–2016, she taught courses in the Department of English and served as the Associate Director of Advancement. Since 2016, she has taught exclusively in the Social Science Department. This is her third year moderating Model United Nations and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and her first year leading the department’s newest club, the History Book Club, and co-leading The Women’s Suffrage Project, an inter-disciplined project between the two departments: Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts. 

To inspire student interest and underscore history’s relevance, Emily incorporates real-world applications into the history curriculum. Rather than teaching budding historians what to think, she teaches them how to think. She encourages students to evaluate the trustworthiness of historical perspectives, she emboldens students to use their personal experiences and prior knowledge to create connections to the course content, and she dares students to bring their most analytical selves to class to engender dynamic activities and Socratic dialogues. She is passionate about helping her students not only achieve but also exceed their academic goals. Being an educator isn’t just what she does; it’s who she is. When Emily isn’t teaching, planning lessons, or grading, she can be found running with her mother, camping with her husband, or playing at the park with her dogs.

Professional Societies & Affiliations:

  • San Diego Regional Chamber Young Leaders (SDYL)
  • National Council for the Social Sciences (NCSS)
  • San Diego State University Alumni Association

Currently Teaching:

  • AP World History
  • Herstory: Women in American History 
  • World History

Moderatorships:

  • History Book Club
  • Model United Nations 
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society