When I think of NABT, I think of close friends and mentors that have been important and influential parts of my life for over 25 years. Stacey Kiser’s recent column was a wonderful compilation of her NABT experience, and it led me to reflect on my own NABT journey.

I began my career as a middle school life science teacher and then went on to teach high school biology and chemistry. I wanted to be the best teacher I could possibly be, and it was overwhelming at times. What were the most engaging activities and labs to demonstrate the concepts I wanted the students to learn? Having 35 to 40 students in the classroom and very little lab space, equipment, and other resources was often a challenge. I didn’t even know how to order equipment. Who knew there were so many different kinds of test tubes, Petri dishes, and paramecia?...

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