Judy Maaninga was an elementary teacher in Minnesota for 36 years before becoming a staff developer for Learning Sciences International. She has been recognized throughout her career for her commitment and leadership roles by being selected Teacher of the Year in the Menahga school district and named Honor Roll teacher by the Minnesota Education Association. Maaninga also received the Leadership in Excellence Education Award and the National Powers Alliance Award of Education Distinction. As an ambassador for Learning Sciences International, her mission is to support teachers to be highly effective, lifelong learners; and by doing so, greatly impact student growth and achievement. In this leadership role she strives to help teachers make critical instructional shifts based on best practice. Judy earned her degree in education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.