Faculty Alum Friday: Emily Defoe, Class of 1999
BRHSF: How long have you work at Baton Rouge High School?
ED: 1 year. This is my 2nd year.
BRHSF: Why did you choose to work at BRHS?
ED: I chose to work at Baton Rouge High School so that I could continue the exceptional and long-standing choral music legacy that shaped so much of my future as a student.
BRHSF: How did BRHS prepare you for college and/or your career?
ED: It was in choir class my junior year that I decided my life’s work was to become a choir teacher. The knowledge I gained through the choral program and all of my classes made college a breeze, and oriented me toward a career that I am passionate about.
BRHSF: What activities were you involved in as a student at BRHS?
ED: I was in choir (Choralaires, Festival Singers, Festival Ringers)! I was also the lead in two musicals put on by the choir – “West Side Story” and “Anything Goes.”
BRHSF: What teachers or staff influenced you as a student at BRHS and how?
ED: Robbie Giroir’s choir classes greatly influenced my decision to become a choir teacher. I am proud to be continuing his legacy.
BRHSF: What is a fun fact, embarrassing moment, or funny story about yourself from high school or now?
ED: Fashion today has students wearing trends from the ’90’s. Well, when I was in high school in 1999, I wore my mom’s clothes from the ’70’s to school every day–bell bottoms, big collars, jumpsuits, you name it!
BRHSF: What advice would you give current students?
ED: Work hard and do your absolute best, but be kind to yourself in the process.