With over 30 years experience in the classroom, Julie Steinkraus, MSEd, is continuing a successful career in education as a staff developer for Learning Sciences International. Using her vast classroom experiences, she has taken on the role of consultant, motivating new and veteran teachers through enthusiasm, energy, and passion for the job. Julie strives to be professional, committed, research-based, innovative and rigorous. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her hard work and dedication being selected twice as the teacher of the year for the Becker, MN School District. Julie received the Leadership in Excellence Education Award, and the National Joint Powers Alliance Award of educational distinction. Steinkraus earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.