Natalie Odom Pough

Natalie Odom Pough serves as a lecturer in Clemson’s teaching and learning department.
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Natalie Odom Pough, Ed.D., lecturer in Clemson’s teaching and learning department, has been recognized as an emerging leader by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Pough is among 27 educators from across the country to be included in the association’s 2018 class of emerging leaders, which recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national levels.

Educators selected for the emerging leaders program have been in the education profession for five to 15 years and demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching and leading. They come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to the pursuit of leadership opportunities. Pough said she is thrilled to be included in this year’s class.

“I am excited to be an integral part of an organization that has supported me since my first year of teaching in 2006,” Pough said. “This is a valuable opportunity to collaborate with some of the best educators from across the country.”

Following the nomination process, this year’s leaders were chosen by an advisory panel composed of association staff, education thought leaders, and emerging leader alumni. The group of 27 educators includes principals and assistant principals, teachers, instructional coaches, and learning specialists, among other roles and titles.

“The 2018 class of emerging leaders joins a powerful community of educators who are leading the field of education,” said Ronn Nozoe, the association’s associate executive director. “ASCD’s Emerging Leader program is a one-of-a-kind achievement that offers a powerful stepping stone for greater leadership opportunities and influence in schools across the country and around the world.”

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help shape education policy and explore multiple association leadership pathways. Some alumni from the program have become authors for the association, while others have become its faculty or board members.

While in the program, educators have the opportunity to attend and present at leadership conferences. They can also write for association publications or host episodes of “ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead. Radio,” a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network.

While Pough plans to participate in several such opportunities, one of her main goals is to support a group of College of Education students as they work to bring a student chapter of the association to Clemson.

The entire list of the past emerging leaders is available in our Emerging Leaders Directory. For more information on ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program, visit

About the Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

The ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Comprising 114,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 127 countries—the ASCD community also includes 57 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit