Elizabeth Mirra is the Math and Science Instructional coach for the Springfield School District in Springfield, VT and has been a middle and high school science educator for over 15 years. As a classroom teacher, she had remarkable success boosting student motivation and achievement in her classes. She was involved in reviewing and providing feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards throughout their development. Liz has worked with numerous school districts providing professional development on science best practices and assistance with aligning curriculum to the new standards. She is a national presenter facilitating workshops on the NGSS. Liz was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.