Emily Pohlonski is one of six state finalists for the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Mrs. Pohlonski is a National Board Certified science teacher with 19 years of experience at Novi High School. She teaches biology, genetics, Medical Career Explorations and has previously taught mathematics, ranging from algebra to calculus.
She is also NCSD's K-12 Science Coordinator - aligning the district's K-12 curriculum to the Next Generation of Science Standards. She is also the sponsor of Novi High's decorated HOSA club.
She is passionate about partnering with community businesses to give kids opportunities to do science and math in meaningful ways.
In 2015 Emily was a finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year.
She was also named the 2021 Michigan Science Teacher of the Year.
The other science finalists besides Pohlonski were Heather Peterson of Holt High School and Scott Milam of Plymouth High.
The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Each year, a national committee of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards.
Up to two teachers—mathematics or science—from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories as a group (comprising American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) receive the award.
Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a presidential certificate, and join an elite cohort of award-winning teachers who can influence state/jurisdiction science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) teaching.
- Novi High School