UNC Charlotte Alum is a Role Model for Success

Headshot of Emily Francis
Monday, October 22, 2018

Emily Francis leapt from her seat in the audience of The Ellen Show and made a run for the stage. Only after she was perched alongside Ellen DeGeneres did the 2016 Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year realize that in her excitement, she hadn’t given the famous talk show host time to finish her introduction. But looking back at her journey—from a one room shack in Guatemala, to a New York airport facing immigration authorities, to crossing the stage at UNC Charlotte to accept a graduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)—it’s clear that Emily Francis had been racing toward a moment like this her entire life. Francis received a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and and Graduate Certificate in TESL from UNC Charlotte.  See the full story on the Inside UNC Charlotte website at The Language of Hope