The Presidential Award is a reminder of the important role innovation has played in the history of the United States. Honoring excellence in mathematics and science teaching signifies a commitment to the foundation of future innovation. As the highest honor a mathematics or science teacher could earn, the Presidential Award is a potential life changer for those committed to changing the lives of others and is a source of inspiration to all educators.
Brian Langley has taught science at Novi High School for 16 years, most recently teaching Physics and International Baccalaureate Physics to 9th–12th grade students. Brian serves as Content Area Leader of high school science for the Novi Community School District and co-leads the district’s K–12 transition to the new Michigan Science Standards.
Brian emphasizes positive relationships in building effective classroom communities and inspires students to share in his enthusiasm for learning. He focuses on scientific literacy incorporating reading and writing as part of an enriched classroom experience.
Brian has presented on topics including scientific literacy, grading practices, and education reform. His 2013 paper on education reform was published by the Washington Post. Brian has been active in the Network of Michigan Educators and has worked with the Michigan Department of Education, and is currently assisting in the development of new science assessments.
Brian received the Milken Educator Award in 2007 and the 2008 College of Natural Science Recent Alumni Award from Michigan State University. He was a Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow in 2014. Brian earned a B.A., with honor, in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1999 and a M.A. in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University in 2002. He is certified to teach grades 6–12 physics and chemistry.