Emily Trespas joined the Phillips Academy Andover faculty in 1999. As a full-time Instructor of art, she teaches printmaking, visual studies, and introductory and advanced courses in painting and drawing, Her past instruction in Phillips Academy's Summer Session included painting, computer graphics, and two summers mentoring and teaching art in the ACE-9 program. Until 2017, she was a resident house counselor in Morton House for 17 years.
In addition to studio teaching, she serves as an academic advisor, complementary-house counselor, and coaches power walking and outdoor pursuits. Trespas is on the Campus Design Review Committee, Faculty Housing Committee, and regularly curates exhibits in the academy's Gelb Exhibition Gallery. Every-other spring break, she co-leads a Tang Institute LITW program, "Morocco: Inside :: Outside, " which is a cultural immersion program in Morocco where students engage with the country’s people, languages, arts, and history.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, Trespas worked in commercial galleries, university administration, and art museums , including Harvard's Fogg Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Following her master of fine arts degree in printmaking at Cornell University (College of Architecture, Art and Planning), Trespas moved to Rome, Italy and taught painting and drawing for Cornell's Rome Program.