Laurine Halter is an experienced practitioner, having lead teams as a K-8 principal and more recently, as the director of student achievement and curriculum in an Arizona school district. There, she successfully implemented strategies from Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s research to produce award-winning schools with heavy minority and free/reduced lunch populations. She was the developer and director of a National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grant to improve instruction in elementary science, for which she received the South Dakota Division of Workforce and Career Preparation’s award for special educational programming. Ms. Halter earned her BA in biology, a curriculum and instruction specialist degree, and her M.Ed. in school leadership with an emphasis in school administration.