Phone: 859-381-3332, ext. 41627
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Michael Embury
Michael Embury entered teaching in 1996 as a K-12 music teacher, band director, and choir director after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Michael spent time teaching music, band, and choir in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and the Cincinnati area. After obtaining a Master’s degree in education in 2006 at Miami University of Ohio, he completed certification for K-12 special education at the University of Cincinnati. Since that time, Michael has spent time working with children and their parents through programs through Hamilton County (Ohio) MRDD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and as a teacher and case manager of students with disabilities.
While employed in Fayette County Public Schools, Michael served students at Tates Creek High School for five years teaching resource literacy classes as well as acting as a case manager for students with disabilities. Additionally, he has spent 22 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard Band and currently serves as bassoonist and associate drum major. He further competes regularly as a member of the Elite All-Guard National Marathon Team.
Michael lives with his wife Dusty Columbia Embury, Associate Professor of Education at EKU, Lily Embury, 15, a student at The Craft Academy at Morehead State University, and Laurel Embury, 13, a student at Jesse Clark Middle School. His broad professional and life experiences help him bring a multi-faceting viewpoint in working with children and students.
Michael believes firmly that: 1) students will ultimately either rise or stoop to meet adult expectations, depending on what those expectations are; 2) our future depends upon the success of each and every individual student; and 3) every student will significantly impact our world in some way, and the size of that impact is only a matter of individual perspective.