Past President Mark Little refers to our community as the “NABT family.” The community atmosphere, along with our focus on teaching, elevates NABT to my primary professional development group. I occasionally attend professional conferences that focus on narrower subdisciplines of biology that feed my curiosity. The education sections at these conferences, while improving, lack critical mass and a celebration of teaching. NABT is different. I think of all of you as my teaching siblings and cousins who support me, cheer me, challenge my assumptions, tease me, but always improve me professionally. Here is my story of building my NABT family.

I attended my first NABT Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1996, when an expert instructor encouraged me to co-present. In my first year of full-time teaching, I had a little knowledge of professional development but certainly no formal career-development plan. I ended up presenting by myself after my co-presenter...

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