•  Mrs. Emily Hays

    Welcome to our school! Opstad Elementary is an incredible school community that is caring about learning and learning about caring.


    After moving from Illinois in 2018, I taught as a Literacy Language Specialist at Opstad and have since served as the assistant principal for both Opstad and Cascade View elementaries. Prior to that, I was an elementary Reading Interventionist (for 10 years) and a Special Education teacher (2 years) in Illinois. 


    I am currently working on my Ed.D. in Education through Murray State University; have two Master of Education degrees from the University of Illinois in Educational Administration & Leadership and in Special Education; and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Indiana University. 


    My husband, Eric, is an employee of Amazon who has had the privelege of working remotely and helping care for our two sons and one daughter. We are both so excited they are back in school full-time and they are loving it. Knowing that I am entrusted to cultivate the type of learning environment at Opstad where I would be proud to send my own children is an honor and privilege. 


    Family partnerships are critical to a child’s education which learned more than ever before the past school year. It is my belief that the adults in the home are a child’s first and most important teacher. It is my hope and goal to partner with families in collaboration with staff to make each year at Opstad full of engaging, rigorous, and authentic learning.


    I look forward to getting to know each student, staff member, and family in the Opstad community to support each student’s learning.


    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.



    Emily Hays