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Emily Tamayo

(719) 531-9400
Emily Tamayo
Youth & Cultural Outreach Specialist

Emily became involved with PEAK in 2017, through her mother who is a teacher and works with students with disabilities. Emily was very excited when she read the description for the ASPIRE Youth Trainer position and is even more excited to be a part of the awesome team at PEAK! Emily became involved with PEAK because of its commitment and passion to serve and to champion both families of people with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves. She is inspired by PEAK's passion for inclusion and the warmth and kindness of the people who work at PEAK. Since she began working at PEAK, Emily has learned how to be a better listener. She feels that every day, she learns something new from the people she works with at PEAK, which has a positive impact on her personal growth as both a Youth Trainer and a lifelong learner. Diversity is the rich tapestry of the human experience and should be celebrated and respected. Inclusion is the behavior of respecting people and creating community. Through self-reflection and practice of both behaviors and values, Emily believes we teach ourselves what it truly means to be human and how to respect all life, including our own. One of Emily’s favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." Emily feels grateful for the kindness she receives from many people in her life and from the earth. It is humbling to think about where she would be without this kindness, great and small. She feels very thankful.