As teachers we are often asked to make the ‘impossible’ possible for students from all walks of life and ability levels. The Presidential Award confirms that with enough determination, perseverance, hard work, and imagination, anything is possible.

Mallory Emmons Orange, CT | K-6, Mathematics, 2020

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Mallory Emmons (Gorry) has been an educator for 14 years and has 13 years’ experience teaching second grade at The Peck Place School in Orange, CT. She has recently accepted a position at Prendergast Elementary School in Ansonia, CT, as a kindergarten through second grade Math Specialist. Mallory's love of teaching goes beyond the classroom. She served as a district grade level representative to develop a new context-based mathematics curriculum for the Orange Elementary School District. Mallory worked closely with grade level colleagues and new teachers to develop context-based units of study. She developed real-world examples to excite students that include a unit titled “Grade 2 Base Ten Inc.” that develops students' place value understanding through the use of money and real-world application of base ten. Mallory is a TEAM Trained Mentor for new teachers and has served as a cooperating teacher for multiple beginning educators. She is also a member of the National Education Association and the Connecticut Education Association. Mallory earned a B.A. in sociology, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a Sixth-Year Certificate in Education Leadership from Quinnipiac University. She holds a professional educator certificate and an intermediate administration and supervision certificate in Connecticut.

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