Emily was in honors classes at Broken Arrow High School when she discovered she was pregnant. She was only 17 and had only known the baby’s father for three months when she enrolled at MHP. After she graduated, she and her husband Jaque enrolled at TCC. When Emily became pregnant again, Jaque left TCC to better provide for the family by enlisting in the Army. Emily continued her studies while raising two kids. It wasn’t easy, but Emily thanks the ongoing encouragement she received from her former MHP teacher, Holly Martin. “Holly never gave up on me. She believed in me and that was new to me. It made me hold myself to a new standard and make me look at myself and my life in a whole new light.” Fast forward to today, . She is happily married to the love of her life and they have four children.