In 2013, Lisa began 3 years of Leadership training through the BSCS/NABT AP Biology Leadership Academy, along with HHMI. For the next few summers, she facilitated Regional Biology Teacher Academies. When the NYSSLs were drafted, her district created the position of Instructional Specialist for Science K-12. Since accepting that position, she has spent the last 3 years immersing herself in all things NGSS/NYSSLS. She now facilitates Professional Development for her district and teachers locally in WNY.
Robin teaches STEAM (K-4) at Hillside Elementary School in Hastings-on-Hudson. Previously she had been an elementary classroom teacher. She has her M.A.T. in Childhood Education and her Ms. Ed. in Literacy and Special Education. When she is not in school, she enjoys spending time with her family and foster dogs.
Joy Rifkin graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a dual degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. After, she spent three years teaching middle school science in Chicago Public Schools. Now, she is proud to be working for the Department of Education, Office of Sustainability on the Zero Waste Schools Program.