Gina Lappé, Ed.D., has been teaching secondary science for 11 years. She began her teaching career at an education center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where she and her fellow teacher naturalists worked with adult, college, and school-aged groups to foster connections between people and nature through immersive outdoor science experiences. Bringing her passion for hands-on science, Gina transitioned to the middle school classroom at an EL Education charter school in North Carolina. There, she dedicated herself to supporting students in developing their identities as caring and hardworking scientists. Expanding her teaching horizons, Gina ventured overseas to an International School in South Korea, where she further honed her skills in connecting language learners with scientific content. By crafting student-centered lessons that focused on language acquisition, she empowered her students to enhance their language skills while mastering course content. Currently, Gina is teaching IB Environmental Systems and Societies at an International School in Rome, Italy. She remains committed to supporting students in navigating complex subjects by fostering a strong classroom community by prioritizing student identity and voice.