Emily serves as the STEM and Sustainability Program Coordinator at the University of Michigan's Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER). Her role at CEDER includes instructional and program design to enhance STEM and sustainability education. She coordinates the Dow Sustainability Teacher Fellowship Program serving K-12 educators in the Arenac, Bay, Midland, Gratiot, Isabella, and Saginaw counties who are interested in improving their place-based sustainability educational practices.
One of Gochis's greatest passions is supporting educators to create learning experiences that empower young people to instigate change – a reflection of her deep belief in the transformative potential of today's youth. She is committed to fostering a culture of innovative learning and environmental responsibility through inquiry-, place-, and project-based education.
She is dedicated to embedding real-world experiences in education which promote a vibrant nexus between youth and communities. This approach not only enhances the quality of learning but also adds relevance to academic work, thereby enriching the overall educational journey for students.
Prior to joining CEDER, she served as a MiSTEM Network Regional Director and as part of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative leadership team in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula. Her professional experiences also include roles as a Curriculum Developer and Professional Learning Coordinator at the Michigan Technological University, where she earned her PhD in Geology. Emily is proud to be a University of Michigan graduate having degrees from the School for Environment and Sustainability (B.S.) and the Marsal Family School of Education (M.A.). Additionally, she has had the honor to engage a wide range of youth in STEM and environmental education as a high school science teacher, outdoor educator, and Peace Corps Volunteer.