Connie Sanchez is a middle school science teacher at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School #27 in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr. Antonia Pantoja School is an urban community school. Connie is a Peer Instructor with the Merck Institute for Science Education where she is also a member of Cohort 3 for science leadership. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Public Schools, Connie was a National Training Officer and a National Development Officer with Smith Barney where she did curriculum development and implementation for financial advisors and worked with managers and subject matter experts across the country. Connie received a B.A. in Justice Studies from the College of St. Elizabeth and also an M.S. in Business Management with a focus in Organizational Change Management at the College of St. Elizabeth. Connie has received awards and a grant for Technology Innovation in Elizabeth and was honored as a recipient of the 2011 Keys to Excellence Award in Teaching for superior scores on New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge Test in science. As a member of the 2012 cohort Connie is looking forward to becoming a school leader who stimulates pupils’ imagination and motivates them through tailored teaching practices to ensure that every pupil feels a sense of achievement and a valued part of the class community, while becoming the dynamic thinkers and innovators of tomorrow.