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Career & Technical Education Department:  

Marc Eaton Tech Ed. Lead Teacher
Rory Willis Trade & Industrial Education
Emily Cassell Agriculture Education
Adrienne Smith Medical Science
Nick Cataldo Corps of Cadets



The EMHS CTE department provides training in many areas of career and technical education.
Students will learn skills that are applicable in the real world. Most classes are highly hands-on
and allow students to experience activities that may help them decide on a potential career


Marc Eaton

B.S. Special education K-12 Radford University
B.S. Geology Radford University
B.S. Physics Radford University
Personal Bio:
I enjoy traveling , making music by playing guitar and piano and singing. I think showing people planets with my telescope is pretty fun. I enjoy being creative with gardening, building and masonry projects. I am a Rock and fossil collector. When I'm at the beach I relax by building epic sandcastles. I try to spend time tandem mountain biking with my wife Diann at least once a week.  I also really like hanging out with my own grown kids, their spouses and the granddogs.
Roles at EMHS:
Lead Teacher CTE
Department Head CTE 
Lead Mentor
Field trip and Activities Bus Driver
Classes Taught:
Technical Drawing and Design
Engineering Drawing and Design
Robotics Technology I
Manufacturing I
Materials and Processes Technology
Construction Technology




Emily Cassell

M.S. in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech
B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech
Personal Bio:
I struggled in high school to find my career path. I grew up on a farm, but never realized that I could make a career out of agriculture. In college, when I changed majors to study Ag I really wished I had been more educated about the opportunities in Ag when I was in high school. Today, I get to give my high school students the experiences that I wish I'd had. Each day, I get to share my passion for agriculture with those who will become the future of agriculture. Outside of the classroom, I am most likely riding horses or hiking with my dogs. I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and bird watching. I am a lifelong learner and love learning right alongside my students each day! 
Roles at EMHS:
Agriculture Teacher
FFA Advisor
Work - Based Learning Coordinator
Classes Taught:
Small Animal Care
Veterinary Science
Equine Science
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Small Engine Repair I
Advanced Small Engine Repair


Adrienne Smith, RN

Educational Background
-New River Community College-Licensed Practical Nursing 2002
-New River Community College-Associate Degree Nursing 2009
-MCPS Alternative Module for Professional Studies for Teacher Licensure 2023
-5 West Medical Surgical 
-Warm Hearth Village 
-Surgical Assistant/Nurse Oral Surgery 
-Medical Intensive Care
-Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care
-Intensive Care Float Pool
-MCPS Substitute Nursing
-MCPS School Nurse @ EMES 
Personal Information
I'm a graduate of Auburn High School, and I currently live in the area of Elliston. I split my time between EMHS and AHS. I have been married since 2004.  I have two kids who attend school in the Auburn strand. My son is 12 and golfing is his passion. My daughter is 10 and loves her horses, cows, and chickens! We have two horses, 12 chickens, four cows, and 2 dogs!  
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy watching my son golf, our small hobby farm, glamping, and traveling. 
Classes I teach
-Intro to Health and Medical Sciences
-DE Medical Terminology 
Personal Statement
-Do the right thing even when no one is looking=Integrity. 



Nick Cataldo

Mr. Cataldo grew up in south Florida. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2012. Upon commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant, he spent his first 2 years as an Intelligence officer. In 2014, he cross trained to become a Combat Rescue Officer where he spent his remaining 8 years of service working in Air Combat and Special Operations Commands. Mr. Cataldo moved to Virginia in 2022 with his wife and 2 children. This is his first year as a teacher and he is honored to be able to serve the local community.