I am a Professor of Biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and the recipient of the 2015 US Professor of the Year award for the state of Connecticut. I earned a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University and a master’s degree from Dartmouth College. I serve as the Teaching and Learning Consultant for my institution and chair the state-wide Center for Teaching, Pathways to Teaching Success program. I am the current president of the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers and chair of the Connecticut Community College Biology Faculty Association. In 2012 I was selected as a PULSE Leadership Fellow and served on the Fellows Council. I am actively involved with the National Association of Biology Teachers and serve on the Introductory Biology Task Force.