Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Emily Cherkin has worked with families and schools in Seattle for fifteen years. In addition to navigating the challenges of parenting in a distracted digital age, Emily also facilitates “tech-positive” parent workshops, professional development trainings, and school presentations around Seattle. Emily is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she was a Mary Gates Undergraduate Leadership Scholar, and she completed her Master’s Degree in Education (with a focus on Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools) from Lesley University in Boston. After three years in New York City, Emily returned to Seattle where she taught Middle School Humanities courses at The Villa School for two years, then moved on to teach 7th grade English and a curriculum based on screen usage, media literacy, and bullying at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS). She has also worked as an academic coach for children and adults with executive function challenges, including ADHD, and recently partnered with a creative arts preschool to open a coworking space for working mothers in her neighborhood where children can participate in "Screentime-Alternative" classes. Professionally, Emily is a presenter at the annual conference for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS); a Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) former board member, group leader, and guest speaker on screentime; a member of the Children’s Screentime Action Network (CSTAN); and a soon-to-be graduate of Leading Women in Technology’s Women in Leadership (WILPower) program. More important than her work life, however, Emily is also mom to 10-year-old Max and 7-year-old Sylvie, who present daily thrills and challenges. In attempt to find balance with her own digital distractions, Emily recently deleted her social media apps, but notices she now compulsively checks the weather, which really does not change as often as social media posts. Like most parents, Emily considers herself a “work in progress” and is definitely grateful for things like good coffee, supportive friends and family members, and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.