Member Feature: Emily Mamakos

Why did you want to join the USC Newcomers’ Club? 
I was looking for a playgroup for my then one year old daughter.

Where did you recently move from? 
I lived in Ardmore, PA, which is a suburb of Philadelphia. I lived there for two years while my husband earned his MBA from Wharton.

Where did you grow up? 
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I lived in a small part of the city called Swisshelm Park, which is close to Squirrel Hill.

Where did you go to college and what did you study? 
I went to Duquesne University for both undergrad (elementary education) and masters degrees (reading specialist). I worked as a Reading Specialist in the Penn Hills School District and a math and reading specialist in the Non-Public School Services department of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

What do you do for your day job?
I stay at home with my two younger children.

Do you have any kids? If so what are their names and ages? 
I have three- Evan 16, Olivia 5, and William 2

Do you have any pets? 
No, but my daughter is saving up to buy a dog 🙂

What do you like to do for fun? 
Unfortunately, I don’t get to go out much, but I do like to try new restaurants. Most recently I ate at 9 on 9 which is a restaurant downtown- very good! My husband and I like to take our children to the zoo (when it is warm), the aviary, and the Carnegie museums. I love the beach, and we go every summer to Stone Harbor, NJ.

What books on your shelf are begging to be read? 
I like the idea of reading and miss it, but since having my youngest child I have a hard time finding time to read.

What’s the biggest goal you are working on now? 
Trying to exercise more and to teach my daughter to read. Both are pretty challenging!

What upcoming Newcomers’ event are you looking forward to attending? 
I like the progressive dinner and Morning coffees. I am also going to try a book club (although I might not get to read the book beforehand!)

What other things do you want your fellow newcomers to know about yourself? 
I am happy that we moved to USC and, through participating in different playgroups, I have met many great people and learned so much about this community.