• Anita pursued high school teaching after receiving a PhD in biology and working as a postdoctoral science researcher. After taking a physics modeling instruction workshop, she developed a biology modeling instruction curriculum for a physics first sequence with her colleagues at Shady Side Academy. Anita has taught both physics and biology modeling instruction, and conducted numerous modeling workshops across the country. She was awarded the High School Educator Carnegie Science Award for Excellence in 2009. Currently, Anita is a graduate student in learning sciences and policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her thesis work centers on the development of model-based instructional units in biology, and researching the effects of model-based instruction on student learning. She is collaborating on a redesign of the Biology Modeling Instruction curriculum with a group of researchers and modeling instructors in Ohio. Anita is excited for this opportunity to give back to the Modeling Instruction community.