She sketched lush parklike landscapes, filled with trees and fountains.
Her mom saw it as a clue to a future profession, but Emilie wasn’t sure.
She decided to be a special education teacher, taking early childhood education classes at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
“But I didn’t love it,” Emilie says. “I really struggled through the classes.”
Then one day, inspired by a friend who was taking a landscape design class, Emilie decided to design an outdoor learning area for special needs kids for a class project.
Bam. It energized her.