James Ward, Chicago Public Schools

As a Chicago Public School (CPS) middle school teacher, Misty had the opportunity to field test the 3rd Edition Fields and Interactions unit with an academically and culturally diverse student population. Misty worked as a CPS Department of Science Middle School Science Specialists where she supported teachers and administrators with SEPUP curriculum pilots, field tests while providing professional development to support three-dimensional learning in the classroom.

Misty was recently named a 2019 Illinois State Finalist for the President's Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Misty has been providing professional development for SEPUP and other Lawrence Hall of Science developed curriculums for the last 12 years.

"Having actual real life issues connected to content makes it so much easier for students to grasp concepts. Students work as real scientist and can see how what we do in the classroom applies to actual scientists working the real world."