An Interview with Emily Charnowski ’08

Take a look at our interview with new Upper School Assistant Principal and Class of 2008 alumna, Emily Charnowski!

What brought you back to Visitation?

I was drawn back to Visitation because it’s a place that means a lot to me and has a special place in my heart. Viz shaped me into the person I am today and I am ever grateful not only for everything that I learned through my experiences both in and out of the classroom at Viz, but also for all of the relationships and bonds I formed with both classmates and teachers that continue to this day. I am so excited to have the opportunity to return home to Viz and be in role where I can have a direct impact on the girls, helping them grow and develop into women of impact who can make a positive difference in the world.

Do you have a favorite Viz memory?

Having spent 10 years at Viz as a student, it’s impossible for me to pick one favorite memory. However, some of the memories that I’ll cherish forever include being part of the 2007 volleyball dream team and the inaugural Viz lacrosse team, senior year Penny Wars & Spirit week, traveling around the country to the other Visitation schools VISTORY, late nights judging cases at the Youth in Government convention in Jeff City, all the Septaquintaquinque Centennial celebrations as part of the 175th graduating class, hours spent hanging out in the college counseling center, and of course all of the smiles and laugher! As I walk around the building each day, I find myself remembering so many different moments from over the years.

What do you love most about being in the Viz community?

What I love most about the Viz community is that it encourages everyone to be authentic and be the best version of themselves. It’s a place that challenges you to grow while also providing support and guidance. The genuine care and compassion that the members of the community have for each other is something I truly value as well and another reason why I’m so grateful to have joined the Visitation Community as a part of the administration.